Dr Oz: Dog Bad Habits
Dr Oz did a segment with Dr Marty Becker, author of Your Dog: The Owner’s Manual, to teach us solutions for our dog’s bad habits. Apparently, not only can dogs and their owners look alike, they can also share the same bad habits. Dr Becker told Doctor Oz that he has been a veterinarian for 33 years and he has noticed that pets often exercise, eat and groom themselves just like their owners! Here are some tips from Marty Becker on how to get your dog to take medicine, how to make your dog less of a couch potato and how to stretch your doggy out with Dog Yoga or Doga!
Dr Oz: How To Get A Dog To Take Pills
Dr Oz’s first guest was an adorable dog named Chanel. Chanel’s owner said that they both get upset stomachs and take medications for it, but Chanel is bad at swallowing her pills and usually spits them out. Dr Becker said that only 30% of owners are successful at getting their dogs to take their pills, and everyone else is too embarrassed to tell their veterinarians about the problem. I am shocked by this statistic and feel so badly for all of the doggies out there who are not getting their pills… please make sure to forward this article to all of the dog owners you know! Here is what you should do to get your dog’s medicine to go down:
1. Wet the pill a little to make it slippery.
2. Tip your dog’s head back and push the pill to the base of your dog’s tongue.
3. Blow into your dog’s mouth.
4. You will often notice your dog licking her lips as soon as she swallows the pill.
5. Use a dropper to make sure your dog gets water down her throat after taking the pill, because an imaging study showed that 45 minutes after a dog takes a pill, it is often stuck in the esophagus.
Dr Oz also gave Chanel’s owner an Alarm Pill Box to be sure that nobody forgets to take their pills in her house! Click here to read about another segment where Doctor Oz also recommended an Alarm Pill Box: Dr Oz: Pill Box Alarms.
Dr Oz: Dog Pedometer & Food Puzzle
Doctor Oz’s second guest was a lady named Jen with her Basset Hound named Goofy. Jen said that she likes to be a couch potato, and so does her dog, so they often sit down on the couch and wolf down food. Dr Marty Becker said that she should stop using food bowls to feed her dog and instead she should use Food Puzzles, which are dog toys that dispense dog food if the dog “unlocks” the puzzle. Becker said that Dog Food Puzzles are a great day to slow down eating patterns, to burn pounds (since your dog has to play and use energy to get the food) and it even fixes behavioral problems with dogs. If you get your dog panting and tired every day, your chances of behavioral problems decrease dramatically. Dr Oz also gave Jen a Dog Pedometer and a Human Pedometer so that both of them can count their steps!
Dr Oz: Doga or Dog Yoga
Dr Oz’s final guest was a man named Patrick with his skateboarding dog named Beefy. Patrick said that he and his dog do not stretch before they exercise, and that both of them get stiff joints. Dr Oz suggested that Patrick take Omega 3 Fatty Acid Supplements and Glucosamine (1500 mg daily). Dr Marty Becker said that they actually treat dogs in the same way using these supplements, but you can also teach your dog to do Dog Yoga or Doga. For example, you can do the Downward Dog Pose by picking up his back legs to help him stretch out.