Is Your Pet Obese? May Be Contributing to Health Issues

          This time of year, let’s face it, we are all putting on that extra winter coat. Not only is it getting cold out and darker earlier which means less activity for people on the average, but it’s no thanks to all of that holiday comfort food and goodies. Guess what? Our pets are also following the trend.

My mom’s big boy, Sammy



WEIGHT-RELATED DISEASES


           It is now the most common nutritional problem seen in our pets. Close to 50% of all dogs are overweight and more than 20% of felines need to shed pounds. Older, indoor cats top all groups; some studies report obesity in 60% of these cats. Overweight pets are unhealthy. They face a variety of weight-related diseases, and a shorter, more painful life. But our pets do not decide when and how much they eat. As their owners, we control what they eat, when they exercise, and ultimately, their weight.


TABLE FOOD


           Pet owners also contribute to their pet’s obesity by feeding them from the table. People don’t realize how much they actually are giving depending on the size of the pet, one potato chip for them can be equivalent to an entire hamburger for us humans. It’s different for pets. One little one-ounce cube of cheese is like three chocolate bars. It seems small to us, but for them it is a huge sum of calories for the day.

  
PET FOOD 
        
           Pet food companies are part of the problem too. A lot of the food on the market now is extremely high calorie and high fat.  A single cup of food can be 500 calories. But simply cutting down the food enough to allow the pet to lose weight could mean you

Is Your Pet Obese? May Be Contributing to Health Issues

          This time of year, let’s face it, we are all putting on that extra winter coat. Not only is it getting cold out and darker earlier which means less activity for people on the average, but it’s no thanks to all of that holiday comfort food and goodies. Guess what? Our pets are also following the trend.

My mom’s big boy, Sammy



WEIGHT-RELATED DISEASES


           It is now the most common nutritional problem seen in our pets. Close to 50% of all dogs are overweight and more than 20% of felines need to shed pounds. Older, indoor cats top all groups; some studies report obesity in 60% of these cats. Overweight pets are unhealthy. They face a variety of weight-related diseases, and a shorter, more painful life. But our pets do not decide when and how much they eat. As their owners, we control what they eat, when they exercise, and ultimately, their weight.


TABLE FOOD


           Pet owners also contribute to their pet’s obesity by feeding them from the table. People don’t realize how much they actually are giving depending on the size of the pet, one potato chip for them can be equivalent to an entire hamburger for us humans. It’s different for pets. One little one-ounce cube of cheese is like three chocolate bars. It seems small to us, but for them it is a huge sum of calories for the day.

  
PET FOOD 
        
           Pet food companies are part of the problem too. A lot of the food on the market now is extremely high calorie and high fat.  A single cup of food can be 500 calories. But simply cutting down the food enough to allow the pet to lose weight could mean you

How To Remove a Tick From Your Dog

         Not only are ticks repulsive-looking, blood-sucking bugs that survive by latching onto warm-blooded victims, they can also deliver a deadly payload of disease to those they are making a meal of. These arachnids feed by burrowing their heads into skin, a method that introduces their body fluids into their victims. If those fluids are disease-laden, those microbes will be passed onto the ones being dined upon. It does take at least 12-24 hours of feeding before an infected tick can spread disease to its host, so speedy removal of these parasites is therefore key to avoiding tick-borne illness, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Erhlichia.
       

Meet Buddy and his Mama

                                            
          I just visited Sussex County, New Jersey, for a wonderful “Chanumas” holiday weekend with my family. Their beautiful, older dog named Buddy certainly made it clear that he was an important part of the family unit and I haven’t met many dogs as expressive and intelligent as him. If he wanted to go out or if something was on his mind, he would come up to you and attempt to speak English, simultaneously turning his head and pointing his nose in a way that helped get across what it was that he needed. 
         
          When it was morning and we were eating a nice Christmas day breakfast, Buddy was insistent that something was bothering him and he was not going to stop trying to communicate until he could find a state of peace. Luckily, his father Parri has great intuition when it comes to his best pal, as he almost instantly noticed a nice big tick attached to the side of Buddy’s body. I hadn’t seen a tick look so big– we figured it had attached to Buddy the day before and it has been unnoticed until that moment. 
         


          Parri explained to me that most people believe taking a flame or fire to the tick is the most effective way of removing the tick without harm to the animal. He disagrees– rather, Parri recommends soaking a Q-tip with a cotton end with liquid soap (like dishwashing soap), and swabbing the soap-soaked cotton tip around the base of where the tick is attached to your pet. This technique literally takes seconds and I witnessed this accomplished very successfully and with ease (importantly, less trauma to the dog). The whole “pull the tick at its base with a tweezer” technique could also be painful for the dog and leave the area quite inflamed.

Happy Buddy post-tick removal

          We appreciate your readership and interest in improving the quality of life of you and your pet’s, which is exactly our mission at dealwagger.com. Feel free to “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dealwagger to follow our posts, and sign-up for our newsletter where we share worthwhile resources, contest freebies, and daily deal discounts on quality pet products shipped to your door and on goods/services locally. Our launch date to be announced shortly.

About the author: Kevin Opos is the Director Marketing of dealwagger.com, having graduated with a B.A. in Communication from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Media, as well as Human Relations. Residing, currently, in Brooklyn, NY, he has shared-custody of 2 dogs and is dedicated to supporting animal rescue organizations & the prevention of animal abuse by giving those who cannot speak a voice.

How To Remove a Tick From Your Dog

         Not only are ticks repulsive-looking, blood-sucking bugs that survive by latching onto warm-blooded victims, they can also deliver a deadly payload of disease to those they are making a meal of. These arachnids feed by burrowing their heads into skin, a method that introduces their body fluids into their victims. If those fluids are disease-laden, those microbes will be passed onto the ones being dined upon. It does take at least 12-24 hours of feeding before an infected tick can spread disease to its host, so speedy removal of these parasites is therefore key to avoiding tick-borne illness, including Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Erhlichia.
       

Meet Buddy and his Mama

                                            
          I just visited Sussex County, New Jersey, for a wonderful “Chanumas” holiday weekend with my family. Their beautiful, older dog named Buddy certainly made it clear that he was an important part of the family unit and I haven’t met many dogs as expressive and intelligent as him. If he wanted to go out or if something was on his mind, he would come up to you and attempt to speak English, simultaneously turning his head and pointing his nose in a way that helped get across what it was that he needed. 
         
          When it was morning and we were eating a nice Christmas day breakfast, Buddy was insistent that something was bothering him and he was not going to stop trying to communicate until he could find a state of peace. Luckily, his father Parri has great intuition when it comes to his best pal, as he almost instantly noticed a nice big tick attached to the side of Buddy’s body. I hadn’t seen a tick look so big– we figured it had attached to Buddy the day before and it has been unnoticed until that moment. 
         





HOW TO REMOVE THE TICK 

          Parri explained to me that most people believe taking a flame or fire to the tick is the most effective way of removing the tick without harm to the animal. He disagrees– rather, Parri recommends: 
  
           1. Soaking the cotton end of a Q-tip with liquid soap (particularly dishwashing soap),                    
           
        2. Swabbing the soap-soaked cotton tip around the base of where the tick is attached to your pet. 


           This technique literally takes seconds and I witnessed this accomplished very successfully and with ease (importantly, less trauma to the dog). The whole “pull the tick at its base with a tweezer” technique could also be painful for the dog and leave the area quite inflamed. Additionally, many people have contacted me based on this blog post and told me of their success using Parri’s method.

Happy Buddy post-tick removal

          We appreciate your readership and interest in improving the quality of life of you and your pet’s, which is exactly our mission at dealwagger.com. Feel free to “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dealwagger to follow our posts, and sign-up for our newsletter where we share worthwhile resources, contest freebies, and daily deal discounts on quality pet products shipped to your door and on goods/services locally. Our launch date to be announced shortly.

About the author: Kevin Opos is the Director Marketing of dealwagger.com, having graduated with a B.A. in Communication from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Media, as well as Human Relations. Residing, currently, in Brooklyn, NY, he has shared-custody of 2 dogs and is dedicated to supporting animal rescue organizations & the prevention of animal abuse by giving those who cannot speak a voice.

How to the Choose Right Bed For Your Dog

            I was on the phone with a friend last night when she asked me if dealwagger.com would have any upcoming deals on orthopedic dog beds in the near future. I told her that I had never considered orthopedic pet beds in general, but that it certainly was a worthwhile product to look into it. I realized that now, more than ever, specialized beds are becoming more relevant for a particular reason: dogs are living longer (because we spoil them). In the past dogs would sleep wherever they could find the most comfortable place, which sometimes meant a towel on the floor, or even on hay or pine needles if the dog lived outside or in a barn-yard environment. I can hear you dealwaggers almost cringe thinking that your dog would sleep anywhere but a soft, warm, comfortable bed. 
          
            My friend explained that her 10 year old Labrador Retriever needs a specialized orthopedic bed because she hears him moaning and whimpering in the middle of the night due to arthritis and general old age body aches. My heart broke for her when I heard this. Who should have to listen to their elderly dog in pain night after night? Even more obvious, why should her dog be in pain when it can be soothed to an extent?
Let’s cut to the chase and explain how to choose the right bed for your dog.
1. FITNESS
If your dog is the type that enjoys strenuous physical activity such as fetch, frisbee, swimming, hiking and more, then their joints, bones, and muscles will need rest in order to recover properly so that they can get up and join you for another activity-filled tomorrow. In any case, an orthopedic-type bed is your best choice. Some of them are even equipped with memory foam. A bed that provides full support and insulates warmth can cut down on vet bills in the long-run relating to lameness cause by over-exercise or stiff joints.
2. AGE
If your dog is considered a senior, around 9 years and older, they will naturally begin to experience a decline in flexibility, ease of movement, and generally become more sensitive to conditions that were previously not an issue. Arthritis is very common among elderly humans and dogs alike, which is why a orthopedic-type bed is your best choice. The way we see it, even if you purchase an orthopedic bed prior to your dog becoming elderly, you are making an invaluable investment in your dog’s body, lifespan, and overall quality of life. For more on defining senior dog status, read this article “For Dummies” here.
What is wrong with this picture?
3. BIGGER IS BETTER
This might be common sense, but nevertheless, let’s include this as a reminder that it might be time to change your dog’s bed that they used when they were a puppy. No matter which type of bed you decide on, make sure it is big enough for your dog. If you got an orthopedic bed that your dog’s head and feet hang off of: not kosher. Make sure the bed you purchase has a full extra foot of space around. So whether your dog is big or small, either way you should purchase a bed larger than them to avoid health complications such as arthritis down the line.
4. INDOOR – OUTDOOR?
If you have an outdoor dog, we are not judging. Perhaps you live in a rural area and its only natural for pets to be a part of the outdoor lifestyle there or you have different house rules than I might have. Therefore, it is even more important for an outdoor dog to sleep on a bed that breathes and does not hold moisture to prevent mold, mildew, and in order to keep a dry bed of course. In addition, it should actually be situated well above the ground to protect from wet conditions. Furthermore, a dog-house should exist in order to put the bed inside to protect from conditions such as rain, snow, and/or wind.
Enjoy this cute video of a dog tucking himself into bed
 
           If you have any questions or concerns regarding choosing the right bed for your dog, feel free to email us at info@dealwagger.com and we will be happy to assist you in choosing the right bed for your dog and putting you in touch with any specialists we know in case your dog has a specific condition that was not covered in this blog. We are excited to offer a variety of beds that include orthopedic options, in the near future, on dealwagger.com. If you have experience or a review of of any particular brands that you and your pet are happy with, please share it with us!

           We appreciate your readership and interest in improving the quality of life of you and your pet’s, which is exactly our mission at dealwagger.com. Feel free to “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dealwagger to follow our posts, and sign-up for our newsletter where we share worthwhile resources, contest freebies, and daily deal discounts on quality pet products shipped to your door and on goods/services locally. Our launch date to be announced shortly.

About the author: Kevin Opos is a co-founder of dealwagger.com, having graduated with a B.A. in Communication from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Media, as well as Human Relations. Residing, currently, in Brooklyn, NY, he has shared-custody of 2 dogs and is dedicated to supporting animal rescue organizations & the prevention of animal abuse by giving those who cannot speak a voice.

How to the Choose Right Bed For Your Dog

            I was on the phone with a friend last night when she asked me if dealwagger.com would have any upcoming deals on orthopedic dog beds in the near future. I told her that I had never considered orthopedic pet beds in general, but that it certainly was a worthwhile product to look into it. I realized that now, more than ever, specialized beds are becoming more relevant for a particular reason: dogs are living longer (because we spoil them). In the past dogs would sleep wherever they could find the most comfortable place, which sometimes meant a towel on the floor, or even on hay or pine needles if the dog lived outside or in a barn-yard environment. I can hear you dealwaggers almost cringe thinking that your dog would sleep anywhere but a soft, warm, comfortable bed. 
          
            My friend explained that her 10 year old Labrador Retriever needs a specialized orthopedic bed because she hears him moaning and whimpering in the middle of the night due to arthritis and general old age body aches. My heart broke for her when I heard this. Who should have to listen to their elderly dog in pain night after night? Even more obvious, why should her dog be in pain when it can be soothed to an extent?
Let’s cut to the chase and explain how to choose the right bed for your dog.
1. FITNESS
If your dog is the type that enjoys strenuous physical activity such as fetch, frisbee, swimming, hiking and more, then their joints, bones, and muscles will need rest in order to recover properly so that they can get up and join you for another activity-filled tomorrow. In any case, an orthopedic-type bed is your best choice. Some of them are even equipped with memory foam. A bed that provides full support and insulates warmth can cut down on vet bills in the long-run relating to lameness cause by over-exercise or stiff joints.
2. AGE
If your dog is considered a senior, around 9 years and older, they will naturally begin to experience a decline in flexibility, ease of movement, and generally become more sensitive to conditions that were previously not an issue. Arthritis is very common among elderly humans and dogs alike, which is why a orthopedic-type bed is your best choice. The way we see it, even if you purchase an orthopedic bed prior to your dog becoming elderly, you are making an invaluable investment in your dog’s body, lifespan, and overall quality of life. For more on defining senior dog status, read this article “For Dummies” here.
What is wrong with this picture?
3. BIGGER IS BETTER
This might be common sense, but nevertheless, let’s include this as a reminder that it might be time to change your dog’s bed that they used when they were a puppy. No matter which type of bed you decide on, make sure it is big enough for your dog. If you got an orthopedic bed that your dog’s head and feet hang off of: not kosher. Make sure the bed you purchase has a full extra foot of space around. So whether your dog is big or small, either way you should purchase a bed larger than them to avoid health complications such as arthritis down the line.
4. INDOOR – OUTDOOR?
If you have an outdoor dog, we are not judging. Perhaps you live in a rural area and its only natural for pets to be a part of the outdoor lifestyle there or you have different house rules than I might have. Therefore, it is even more important for an outdoor dog to sleep on a bed that breathes and does not hold moisture to prevent mold, mildew, and in order to keep a dry bed of course. In addition, it should actually be situated well above the ground to protect from wet conditions. Furthermore, a dog-house should exist in order to put the bed inside to protect from conditions such as rain, snow, and/or wind.
Enjoy this cute video of a dog tucking himself into bed
 
           If you have any questions or concerns regarding choosing the right bed for your dog, feel free to email us at info@dealwagger.com and we will be happy to assist you in choosing the right bed for your dog and putting you in touch with any specialists we know in case your dog has a specific condition that was not covered in this blog. We are excited to offer a variety of beds that include orthopedic options, in the near future, on dealwagger.com. If you have experience or a review of of any particular brands that you and your pet are happy with, please share it with us!

           We appreciate your readership and interest in improving the quality of life of you and your pet’s, which is exactly our mission at dealwagger.com. Feel free to “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dealwagger to follow our posts, and sign-up for our newsletter where we share worthwhile resources, contest freebies, and daily deal discounts on quality pet products shipped to your door and on goods/services locally. Our launch date to be announced shortly.

About the author: Kevin Opos is a co-founder of dealwagger.com, having graduated with a B.A. in Communication from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Media, as well as Human Relations. Residing, currently, in Brooklyn, NY, he has shared-custody of 2 dogs and is dedicated to supporting animal rescue organizations & the prevention of animal abuse by giving those who cannot speak a voice.

Brr…Its Cold! Top 3 Cues: Does My Dog Need A Coat?

           
            Location is key. As a Los Angeles native, I really don’t have much credibility when it comes to giving advice about dressing properly in cold climates. However, I did recently relocate to Brooklyn, New York to kick-off dealwagger.com–and I am learning quickly what it takes to stay warm and comfortable as the temperatures begin to drop this winter season. Furthermore, thanks to UC Santa Barbara I know how to apply research findings to topics that I am no expert in, by seeking an aggregate of others’ opinions from a veterinarian to the average pet parent like you and I.
            So, what cues can we read to conclude whether our dog needs a coat or not? I’ll make it as simple a read as possible for you since it is the beginning of the week and I feel your pain. Hence our Top Cues as follows:
1. Age of Dog: After speaking with my own veterinarian office, Dr. Sharp claims that first thing to consider is the age of the dog. For example, a 2 year old dog is like a teenager who would be able to jump into a cold lake naked (to impress his friends or just because). On the other hand, a 10 year old dog will suffer from the same action. The more senior the dog, the more that dog needs protection, regardless breed or size.
2. Breed and Size of dog:  
            a) BIG, long-haired dogs: Some breeds are built for the snow and don

Brr…Its Cold! Top 3 Cues: Does My Dog Need A Coat?

           
            Location is key. As a Los Angeles native, I really don’t have much credibility when it comes to giving advice about dressing properly in cold climates. However, I did recently relocate to Brooklyn, New York to kick-off dealwagger.com–and I am learning quickly what it takes to stay warm and comfortable as the temperatures begin to drop this winter season. Furthermore, thanks to UC Santa Barbara I know how to apply research findings to topics that I am no expert in, by seeking an aggregate of others’ opinions from a veterinarian to the average pet parent like you and I.
            So, what cues can we read to conclude whether our dog needs a coat or not? I’ll make it as simple a read as possible for you since it is the beginning of the week and I feel your pain. Hence our Top Cues as follows:
1. Age of Dog: After speaking with my own veterinarian office, Dr. Sharp claims that first thing to consider is the age of the dog. For example, a 2 year old dog is like a teenager who would be able to jump into a cold lake naked (to impress his friends or just because). On the other hand, a 10 year old dog will suffer from the same action. The more senior the dog, the more that dog needs protection, regardless breed or size.
2. Breed and Size of dog:  
            a) BIG, long-haired dogs: Some breeds are built for the snow and don

Help Save 100 Dogs in L.A. Area on Thurs, Dec 15

          

           You heard it right. Come help save 100 dogs from being put to sleep! An organization called Wings of Rescue is spearheading a campaign called “Holiday Airlift”. The organization itself is an all-volunteer group who have a passion for flying and a desire to save shelter animals from euthanasia. Another participating organization is S.T.A.R.T (Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team), who delivers Death Row dogs to friendly shelters as well. Thanks to their efforts and partnerships to make this program possible, 100 dogs have received a holiday repireve from a sure death sentence and will be transpoted via private airplanes to safety and to love families just in time for the holidays.
         
            If you or any friends live in the Los Angeles area, these dogs need you to come spend time with them by playing with them and walking them before their flight! If you are interested or know someone who may be, it is taking place on Thursday, December 15 from 6AM-9AM (perfect timing for some since its before work) at the Van Nuys Airport. That’s located in the San Fernando Valley. They need around 30 volunteers. There will be media coverage at the time where the dogs are being loaded into the crates. Please email a rep from S.T.A.R.T at piyowoman@me.com . They also need extra leashes and sweaters if possible.
         

          Interested in piloting a flight? Earn Your Wings! Imagine yourself flying the beautiful skies with shelter pets as your precious cargo. The more pilots we have the more shelter pets we can save. Contact Pilots@wingsofrescue.org to learn more. Rescue Shelter Animals! Need to transport shelter animals over long distances to reach the safety of your organization?  Contact Rescues@wingsofrescue.org. They will assist you with the steps to becoming an official partner of Wings of Rescue. Become a Member of their Ground Crew! Not all the fun is in the sky. Our Ground Crew is key to accomplishing our mission. Are you an experienced dog handler?  Do you have event planning skills?  Are you a fund raising wiz? Are you searching for a volunteer activity with shelter animals? Contact GroundCrew@wingsofrescue.org and let us know how you can help!

           Here at dealwagger.com, we admire organizations that are in place like this to make a true difference in the lives of animals, as well as people, for the long-term. We are excited to move forward and support similar charities through our joint charity program that will be in place for each and every deal once our website is up and running! Stay tuned for more to come.

            We appreciate your readership and interest in improving the quality of life of you and your pet’s, which is exactly our mission at dealwagger.com. Feel free to “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dealwagger to follow our posts, and sign-up for our newsletter where we share worthwhile resources, contest freebies, and daily deal discounts on quality pet products shipped to your door and on goods/services locally. Our launch date to be announced shortly.

About the author: Kevin Opos is a co-founder of dealwagger.com, having graduated with a B.A. in Communication from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Media, as well as Human Relations. Residing in West Hollywood, CA, he has shared-custody of 2 dogs and is dedicated to supporting animal rescue organizations & the prevention of animal abuse by giving those who cannot speak a voice.

Help Save 100 Dogs in L.A. Area on Thurs, Dec 15

          

           You heard it right. Come help save 100 dogs from being put to sleep! An organization called Wings of Rescue is spearheading a campaign called “Holiday Airlift”. The organization itself is an all-volunteer group who have a passion for flying and a desire to save shelter animals from euthanasia. Another participating organization is S.T.A.R.T (Shelter Transport Animal Rescue Team), who delivers Death Row dogs to friendly shelters as well. Thanks to their efforts and partnerships to make this program possible, 100 dogs have received a holiday repireve from a sure death sentence and will be transpoted via private airplanes to safety and to love families just in time for the holidays.
         
            If you or any friends live in the Los Angeles area, these dogs need you to come spend time with them by playing with them and walking them before their flight! If you are interested or know someone who may be, it is taking place on Thursday, December 15 from 6AM-9AM (perfect timing for some since its before work) at the Van Nuys Airport. That’s located in the San Fernando Valley. They need around 30 volunteers. There will be media coverage at the time where the dogs are being loaded into the crates. Please email a rep from S.T.A.R.T at piyowoman@me.com . They also need extra leashes and sweaters if possible.
         

          Interested in piloting a flight? Earn Your Wings! Imagine yourself flying the beautiful skies with shelter pets as your precious cargo. The more pilots we have the more shelter pets we can save. Contact Pilots@wingsofrescue.org to learn more. Rescue Shelter Animals! Need to transport shelter animals over long distances to reach the safety of your organization?  Contact Rescues@wingsofrescue.org. They will assist you with the steps to becoming an official partner of Wings of Rescue. Become a Member of their Ground Crew! Not all the fun is in the sky. Our Ground Crew is key to accomplishing our mission. Are you an experienced dog handler?  Do you have event planning skills?  Are you a fund raising wiz? Are you searching for a volunteer activity with shelter animals? Contact GroundCrew@wingsofrescue.org and let us know how you can help!

           Here at dealwagger.com, we admire organizations that are in place like this to make a true difference in the lives of animals, as well as people, for the long-term. We are excited to move forward and support similar charities through our joint charity program that will be in place for each and every deal once our website is up and running! Stay tuned for more to come.

            We appreciate your readership and interest in improving the quality of life of you and your pet’s, which is exactly our mission at dealwagger.com. Feel free to “like” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dealwagger to follow our posts, and sign-up for our newsletter where we share worthwhile resources, contest freebies, and daily deal discounts on quality pet products shipped to your door and on goods/services locally. Our launch date to be announced shortly.

About the author: Kevin Opos is a co-founder of dealwagger.com, having graduated with a B.A. in Communication from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in Media, as well as Human Relations. Residing in West Hollywood, CA, he has shared-custody of 2 dogs and is dedicated to supporting animal rescue organizations & the prevention of animal abuse by giving those who cannot speak a voice.