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Dogs with Arthritis: Signs of Arthritis

Signs of Arthritis

You might first notice it when your dog needs help getting into or out of the car. It might be when he just doesn’t feel like going for a walk anymore. It’s hard to watch your pal in pain.

Dog Arthritis, also called osteoarthritis, occurs with old age and is often genetic. While it can’t be cured, it can be managed.

The key to managing your dog’s pain is identifying the problem. Once you’ve noticed the problem it’s always a good idea to get an initial assessment by your vet.

The top Signs of Arthritis are:

  • Stiffness or Limping
  • Decreased activity or lethargy
  • Difficulty getting up or down
  • Loss of playful attitude
  • Lack of interest in exercise
  • Loss of range of motion
Ryan Gosling Helps His Dog Into The Car

Ryan Gosling Helps His Dog Into The Car

Once you and your vet have identified arthritis as the cause of your dog’s pain, you can plan a course of action!

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The Get Up and Go! Team

Dogs and Chocolate: The Truth


Yes, we know you love it, but your dog shouldn’t! You’ve probably heard that chocolate can be toxic to dogs, but what does that mean? And at what amounts?

Chocolate contains Theobromine, which dogs cannot metabolize as fast as humans, meaning it poisons them. The smaller the quantity, the less of a chance of poisoning; however, it’s not a good idea to take the chance as small quantities have been known to kill dogs.

“The buzz we get from eating chocolate may last 20 to 40 minutes, but for dogs it lasts many hours,” says veterinarian Kevin Fitzgerald, PhD. “After 17 hours, half of the theobromine a dog has ingested is still in the system.” (Pet WebMD)

Dark and unsweetened chocolate contain more Theobromine, and are much more deadly to dogs than milk chocolate. The problem is, yes, they can taste the sweetness and have big, sad eyes.


Toxicity depends on your dogs body weight, the type of chocolate ingested and the amount of chocolate. It gets complicated, so check out this simple interactive National Geographic chart.


Signs of Chocolate Poisoning:

  • nausea and vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • arrhythmia and other muscle twitching
  • frequent urination

Carob or liver treats are a great alternative to giving your dog chocolate.

~The Get Up and Go! Team ~




Sandra Devos stopped by our booth at the Gold Coast Pet Expo.

Listen to what she has to say about her dog Chibi and how he is thriving on Get Up and Go.

Alison Ansell with Chibi - a Get Up and Go Customer!

Alison Ansell with Chibi – a Get Up and Go Customer!

Dog Days of Summer! Beach Rules For Dogs!

Going to the beach with your dog can be great for exercise and socialization! Here are some things to remember to make the trip more enjoyable:

* Make sure you’re within a Dog Exercise area on the beach, the Gold Coast City Council has great maps to show you where the Dog Beaches are at this link.

* Be sure to take a plastic bag!

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Do Dogs Ever Feel Guilty?



Study Examines Dogs That Behave and Disobey
Canine expert Alexandra Horowitz recently conducted an extensive study on what we perceive as dog guilt. The Barnard College assistant professor gathered dog owners and their pets, and she asked the owners to leave the room after ordering their dogs not to eat a yummy treat.  While the owners were out, Dr. Horowitz gave certain dogs the treats before the owners returned. During some trials, she told the owners that their dog had eaten the forbidden treats, even if the dog had not and had behaved.  Owners told that their dogs had misbehaved, even if that wasn’t the case, reported that their dogs looked guilty. These dogs were said to look guiltier than dogs that had their fill of treats, especially when owners admonished the innocent canines. The study, published in the journal Behavioral Processes, could be interpreted as suggesting dog guilt is all in our minds, but Dr. Horowitz disagrees.  “Based on the experiment, ‘the look’ that we, humans, think indicates dogs’ guilt was not, in fact, prompted by their disobedience,” says Dr. Horowitz. “Instead, it appeared most when they were scolded or about to be scolded.”

Guilt Versus Understanding Forbidden Behaviors
Guilt requires more complex thought than simply realizing that some behavior is forbidden, bad or wrong. Dr. Horowitz thinks that feeling guilt requires some understanding of a moral code of behavior, which one is conscious of violating and realizes that others are aware of the violation too. That requires more complicated mental processing than learning that certain behaviors are punishable or may lead to undesired consequences.
“Dogs learn that they can show the ‘guilty look’ when we approach them with a certain posture or tone of voice. They know it may lead to a scolding, because it has in the past,” says Dr. Horowitz.

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