Health

June 24, 2016

Recently our founder, Tricia Montgomery, was featured in an article for WebMD called “Women’s Health Tips for Heart, Mind, and Body”. We love hearing K9 Fit Club’s name in the press, read below for a sneak peak on Tricia’s take on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle while still indulging in the occasional treat, of the human variety of course.

Follow a Heart-Healthy Diet

There’s an easy recipe if your goal is to keep away problems like heart disease and strokes.

  • Eat more fruits and veggies.
  • Choose whole grains. Try brown rice instead of white. Switch to whole wheat pasta.
  • Choose lean proteins like poultry, fish, beans, and legumes.
  • Cut down on processed foods, sugar, salt, and saturated fat.

When eating healthy, flexibility often works best, says Joyce Meng, MD, assistant professor at the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn Health. If you like to follow a strict diet plan, go for it. If not, it’s OK. “Find what works for you.”

Tricia Montgomery, 52, the founder of K9 Fit Club, knows first-hand how the right diet and lifestyle can help. For her, choosing healthy foods and planning small, frequent meals works well. “I don’t deny myself anything,” she says. “I still have dessert — key lime pie, yum! — and I love frozen gummy bears, but moderation is key.”

 

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January 14, 2016

K9 Fit Club

K9 Fit Club‘s Tricia Montgomery talks about keeping fit with your dog, or your dog keeping fit with you. Listen HERE  on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio, as she offers tips on working with your pets.

Tricia Montgomery on WGN Radio

Tricia Montgomery on WGN Radio

We also about how dog’s can encourage us to get into shape, or to shape-up. Tricia demonstrates on the radio how to work-out with your dog.  She says, what’s most important is to make sure everything is aligned properly (whatever that means).

Dog owners, she says, can easily get more exercise just because you have a dog.

Learn more HERE about the Bad Ass Dash. Due to the dog flu, dogs are no longer partaking…but you can upload a video of you working out with your dog.

 

 

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January 14, 2016

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(CNN)Dogs make the best workout buddies. They never complain about hills, or cancel on you last-minute. And they’re always stoked to follow you out the door. That energy can be contagious: research from Michigan State University found that canine owners were 34% more likely to get the recommended 150 minutes of exercise a week than folks who didn’t have a dog. Even if you’re just taking your pup for a walk, that counts. (Move at a brisk clip and you can burn as many as 170 calories in half an hour.) But there are lots of other activities you and Fido can do together — all while strengthening your bond.

Check out these fun ways to get fit with your furry pal….

 

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January 14, 2016

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Plan on getting in shape in 2016? You may want to get a dog.

Dog owners walk an average of 300 minutes per week, compared to their dog less counterparts logging only 168 minutes.

Pets need the exercise too. An estimated 52.6% of U.S. dogs are overweight or obese. Now a new gym is helping get dogs, and their owners in shape.

K9 Fit Club shows pet owners ways to workout with their furry family members.

The founder of K9 Fit Club, Tricia Montgomery, joined ABC7 to give a few tips for keeping your pooch healthy.

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July 22, 2013

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Don’t try to put your dog on a very dangerous situation that you will regret at the end. If you are one of the cruel owners who leave their dogs inside a car in the middle of summer heat, then you must realize that leaving them in there is like putting them inside a hot oven. Your dog is not strong enough to endure severe summer heat accumulated inside a car with windows barely cracked. Temperature in a car can exceed 120 degrees in just few minutes. Your dog will suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation.

Authorities have already advised pet owners not to leave their pets inside their car no matter how quick or long they will be gone. As much as possible, they are advised to leave pets at home instead. If you really must take your dog with you, make sure that you take extra precautions. There is no exact time and amount of heat that dogs can tolerate. Dogs are very vulnerable to heat. They have limited abilities to control their body temperature in a close area with high humidity. Leaving pets inside cars is not only dangerous but also illegal. You can be prosecuted for leaving pets under conditions that could endanger their health and well-being. Such crime imposes proper sanctions and penalties.

As an owner, you must also know what to do when your dog is exposed to high temperature.

  • Look for signs of heat stress

First, observe if your pet is showing symptoms of heat stress. Heavy panting, unsteadiness, glazed eyes, staggering gait, rapid pulse vomiting, and red or purple tongue are the symptoms of heat stress. Find your pet a comfortable and cool place to be relieved. If cooling is not enough to make the dog’s condition stable, immediately rush the animal to a veterinarian.

  • Move the animal to a cooler area

Lower the animal’s body temperature by applying cold water all over the face and body. Wet towels placed at the back of the animal’s neck, armpits, and groin area is very helpful. You can also wet the paws and ear flaps with cold water. For fast evaporative cooling, you may direct a fan on the wet areas.

Let the dog refresh by drinking cool water. Offer your dog a drink if he/she is alert and wants to drink. But do not force the animal to drink.

  • Take your dog immediately to a veterinarian

There are pet health concerns that only veterinarians can manage. If you know nothing about giving cure for such case, it is better to rush the animal to a pet clinic.

If you see a pet left in a car, exhibiting signs of heat stress, call the local animal care and police department. Take down the vehicles information including model, color, and tag number. If the dog’s life is at danger, find a witness who can back you up and remove the animal immediately out from the car. Do not leave the scene until authorities arrive.

Moreover, heat stress and heat stroke are not the only dangers when leaving your pets inside unattended cars. There have been reports of stolen dogs and cats each year. You can’t afford to realize that your pet is just gone or probably on process of being killed. Pets should really be at home, but if you really must take your pet with you, make sure they have necessary pet carrier and harness. You may also put two ID tags – one for home address and one for destination address. It’s not cool to leave your dog in a car under the summer heat. Be responsible in keeping your dog safe from heat stress.

 

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July 19, 2013

fit-dogMany dog owners find their pets cute and huggable when they’re chubby or fat. Sometimes, they even think such condition is healthy for their dogs. Eating too much is very different with an active appetite and a proper diet. It doesn’t mean that when dogs pose a good appetite, they are already in good condition. Some dogs tend to overeat that may result to obesity and other food-related disorders.

Believe it or not, many health conditions associated to overweight dogs are same from those illnesses suffered by obese humans.

Dogs also have risks of having type 2 diabetes, respiratory and heart ailments, joint problems, kidney problems as well as high blood pressure and cancer. In such way, obesity may cause complications to the the dog’s health that may lead to any of the aforementioned disorders.

According to Dr. Alex German, director of the Royal Canin Weight Management Clinic at the University of Liverpool, obesity is really a risk to dogs and it does not only affect their health but also their quality of life. Some pet owners overlook conditions of obesity as laziness when their dogs tend to lie around more and interact less. But Dr. German quoted weight loss as an important factor in keeping dogs fit, healthy, and happy. Here are 8 fun ways to get your dog fit and healthy:

1. Maintain Proper Diet

According to Dr. Ernie Ward, founder of Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), Pet obesity is not a pet problem, but a human problem. Regulating proper dog nutrition is one of the most important things that an owner should consider. You should know which kind of food and the right amount of food in each serving is good for your pooch. Your pet trusts you in his/her meal. Whatever you give him/her, he/she would gladly eat it without thoughts about what it may cause.

2. Walking

Walking is the simplest way to exercise and spend more time with your dog. It maintains not only good reflexes but also a good relationship between you and your four-legged pal. You can make it an everyday routine or give it a different clique. Take your pooch to mini-adventures like hiking, check out the park, or meet a friend in the neighborhood for a doggie date. This can be the easiest way to get rid of doggie fats.

3. Running

If jogging is essential in human exercise, running is vital in dog workout. Let your dog do a daily running activity, but start the routine slowly. Your buddy may take it seriously and injure himself. Start a walk, then a walking-running combination. The next day, try jogging a little then do the run.

4. Swimming

Swimmers are known to be one of the fittest athletes. Let your pal try it out and swim in for a healthy body. First, find a clean body of water and let the pooch try it. If he seems interested, lead him to the water and encourage him to get his feet wet. If not, don’t let him down. Give lots of praise and encouragement. As he learns to like the water, try throwing a floatable toy to encourage his doggie paddling.

5. Flyball

Flyball is a dog sport suitable for well-trained, energetic, and athletic dogs. It is a dog race wherein team of dogs race against one another from start to finish line. The dogs will go over a line of hurdles to a box releasing a tennis ball when a spring-loaded pad is pressed. The dogs then run back to their owners carrying the ball. Such fast-paced sport will train dogs to develop speed and burn their fats as well.

6. Surfing

After your dog’s swimming lessons, it is great to take advantage of his interest with water. Both of you can try surfing together. First, let the pooch try standing on a surfboard on dry land. Put him on water after he gets used to the situation. Your dog may be comfortable lying on the board at first, but with your encouragement he’ll learn to surf with you.

7. Skateboarding

Skateboarding is somehow similar to surfing. But skateboarding can be one of your pooch’s favorites. It can keep your dog busy in skating and forget about his eating business. Don’t leave your dog with nothing to do. Always keep them busy with activities to lessen hunger and food consumption.

8. Dog Boot Camp

Take your dog to a dog boot camp to undergo workouts and obedience training. In this way, the pooch gets a daily workout and learn disciplines in eating. You also have plenty of time to be with your buddy. You play, train, and fetch. There are also fit clubs for pets wherein you and your dogs can be the best workout buddies. You can check on the best Bow Wow Bootcamp at K9 Fit Club.

As an owner, it is your main responsibility to provide the needs of your pet. Don’t let your dog be a stout and lazy pooch. Choose the best way to give him even the simplest form of exercise and spend more time together to make him feel happy and healthy. Know everything about proper diet, right amount of food, and a suitable workout for your dog.

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July 16, 2013

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Summer is a fun time to play, walk around the park, go hiking, and enjoy the breeze of the beach. But the heat could be dangerous not only to you but also to your dog. It would really be difficult for dogs to cope with the summer heat. They aren’t like you who can cool themselves. Dogs cool themselves through their pads by panting, but it is not enough to refresh themselves when it’s extremely humid and hot.

The hot temperature may cause overheating or heat stroke that could lead to difficulty in breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Seizures, blood diarrhea and vomiting along with a very high temperature over 104 degrees may also occur. To pamper and make your pal feel comfortable, take note of these summer safety measures for your dog:

1. Visit the Vet

Take an early summer visit to your veterinarian. Your dog must have a summer checkup to ensure he/she will be able to cope with the hot weather. There are dog health concerns that need the veterinarian’s advise.

2. Give dogs extra water

Your dog can be dehydrated during the peak of summer. It is always important to make sure your pooch has plenty of water to drink. Water helps to keep them cool and refreshed. Keep the water dish in a shady corner and change it frequently.

3. Keep dogs in a cool place

Your dog may love to play under the summer heat, but always make sure that your pet has a cool and comfortable place to rest. Imagine sleeping on a very humid room with no way to feel relaxed. Don’t let your dog experience such discomfort. Get an insulated dog house and make sure it is well-ventilated. Not all dogs are trained enough to turn on fans or use remote controls of air-conditioning. It’s your job to give them several ways to cool off.

4. Provide pools for cooling

A pool in your backyard will help cool your dogs, if he/she loves water. You can buy small tubs or kiddie pools from home stores. Your dog will enjoy to play and lounge in cool water. Just keep an eye on your dog like you’re guarding a toddler in a kiddie pool. This can be one of the healthy dog treats you can give your pooch.

5. Buy cooling dog beds

If you notice your dog preferring to lie on tile or concrete floors at times, then his/her bed might be too warm. You might need to consider buying a cooler dog bed for your pooch. Cooling dog beds offer the comfort and softness that your dog craves. It uses gel-like material or simply water to keep the bed feeling cool. These kind of beds are great for the hot season, but consider changing them when the cold weather comes.

6. Brush your dog regularly

Brush your pooch regularly. You can help your dog stay cool and avoid summer skin problems as well in keeping his/her fur clean and untangled. You might think that shaving off your dog’s fur down to the skin can help alleviate heat, this just puts your pet on high risk of summer skin problems. Keep at least one inch long fur to protect the skin from the sun.

Just like humans, dogs feel a bit under the weather when the summer heat strikes. But despite the hot temperature, many dogs love to play outdoors. It’s not a good idea to keep your pooch inside the house for the rest of the hot season. Just like you, they need to have fun. Always remember variety is the spice of life. Don’t be cruel to keep them away from running around the backyard and get along with other dogs in the neighborhood. Just keep an eye on your buddy to ensure their safety.

 

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July 9, 2013

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It could really be depressing to see your dog vomiting yellow fluid or white foamy liquid. You may feel puzzled to think about what food you fed your dog that caused such characteristic coloring. Different theories and queries will blow up your mind. You’ll end up thinking if there’s something the dog ate at your backyard that caused the problem or there could be something seriously wrong. Always remember, vomiting is not a disease but a symptom or sign that the dog’s body needs to eliminate certain waste. One way to treat such health problem is to identify what causes vomiting in dogs.

According to Dr. Kristy Conn, vomiting in dogs is a forceful discharge of stomach contents out from the mouth. It may be caused by virus, toxins, improper digestion, overeating, allergic reaction, diet change, food intolerance, ingestion of garbage, acid accumulation, or some serious organ malfunction. Vomiting in dogs is not as serious as other health problems as long as it is not accompanied by blood. Vomiting may be chronic or acute. Chronic vomiting lasts for a couple of days, while Acute vomiting can be managed by withholding water and food intake for 12-24 hours and considering a diet for two to three days.

It is important to seek guidance about good diets for your pet. Vomiting is often experienced by overweight dogs and those that are not fed properly. Both overeating and an empty stomach persist vomiting, which is why overweight and empty stomach dogs are prone to such health problem. Overweight dogs tend to eat more than they should. Sometimes, you tolerate your pet’s appetite that you tend to overfeed your dog. Overeating may cause improper digestion and pancreatitis which constitute vomiting. Dogs with no proper diet or eating habit also experience chronic vomiting. When the stomach is empty, acid often accumulate. Too much acid reacts on ingested food or water that causes the dog to vomit stomach contents.

For severe vomiting, it is best to bring your dog to a veterinarian for consultation and immediate treatment. Such case may result to dehydration, stomach inflammation or organ failure. You won’t like the feeling of seeing your dog suffering and not knowing what to do to make it feel better. Vomiting may be natural to a dog’s life, but it is always important to identify the cause to assure it’s not going to be a serious health issue.

You can treat dog vomiting in simple ways. Seeking guidance for proper diet and regular exercise can help your dog get rid of vomiting dilemmas. For overweight dogs, a strict diet and proper eating can be very effective. You can check fitness gyms for dogs like Canine Fitness Center, Rocky’s Retreat or K9 Fit Club for a healthy workout and training for your pet.

K9 Fit Club is a fitness gym that provide fitness classes and workout sessions for dogs. It has a new facility with two indoor workout rooms where both dog and owner can workout and have fun together. The club aims to develop healthy lifestyle for dogs and their owners. You will be able to maintain a workout schedule, which is not only beneficial for your dog but also for yourself. You and your dog will surely be good workout buddies! K9 Fit Club classes also focus on dog behaviors and obedience which may help your pet to develop discipline in eating. The club has trained employees who will help you and your dog say goodbye to stress and depression. They provide unique workout and training facilities for you and your dog. There are dog exercise pens and a mop ready for doggie accidents.

 

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