Does a dog need vaccines

Why Your Dog May Not Need Yearly Vaccines

Vaccines is a super hot topic in the veterinary medicine world, and with good reason: Many experts believe overvaccination of our pets is harming and/or killing them. As a dog mom whose Cocker Spaniel acquired a mast cell (cancer) tumor at the site of then yearly injections, my life is forever changed. I no longer vaccinate because “that’s the way it’s always been done.” I follow a protocol, in … [Read More...]

Does a dog need vaccines

Why Your Dog May Not Need Yearly Vaccines

Vaccines is a super hot topic in the veterinary medicine world, and with good reason: Many experts believe overvaccination of our pets is harming and/or killing them. As a dog mom whose Cocker Spaniel acquired a mast cell (cancer) tumor at the site of then yearly injections, my life is forever changed. I no longer vaccinate because “that’s the way it’s always been done.” I follow a protocol, in … [Read More...]

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Nine Ways to Prevent Dog Bites

Think your dog won't bite? Think again. The Center for Disease Control estimates that about 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year.  Half of those numbers belong to kids. Staggering, isn't it? It’s summer time, more dogs are outside, and more people are interacting with dogs as it’s the social time of year.  This week is National Dog Bite Awareness Week, and the effort is backed by the … [Read More...]

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Dog Friendly Amusement Park and Safe Travels Getting There

A dog friendly amusement park sounds like a dream, right? It's summer in full swing, dog lovers, and that means family getaways. Millions of families visit amusement parks each summer, yet very few actually allow well-behaved leashed dogs to enter their premises. Fidose of Reality has the scoop on a Pennsylvania amusement park that not only allows dogs in, they welcome them as the full-fledged … [Read More...]

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Help Dogs Rescued From Horror: Bonus Prize Giveaway

Hell on earth is no place for any dog to call home. Yet, at least 46 dogs, mostly Cocker Spaniels, called a hot barn in the dreadful summer heat of rural Virginia, home for months and months: Maybe longer. We will not show you any graphic or upsetting photos in this post, but we are about to reveal some shocking, breaking news: A nightmare 501(c3) U.S.-based rescue group is responsible for the … [Read More...]

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rescue dogs from OBG

Help Dogs Rescued From Horror: Bonus Prize Giveaway

Hell on earth is no place for any dog to call home. Yet, at least 46 dogs, mostly Cocker Spaniels, called a hot barn in the dreadful summer heat of rural Virginia, home for months and months: Maybe longer. We will not show you any graphic or upsetting photos in this post, but we are about to reveal … [Read More...]

What to do about lumps on a dog

Dog Parent Guide to Lumps on a Dog

A lump appears on your dog. What should you do next? Do not panic but do not sit idly and hope it goes away. When a tiny raised lump appeared on my Cocker Spaniel’s shoulder blade about two weeks after getting her then yearly vaccinations, I felt a twinge of “something isn’t right” course through … [Read More...]

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rescue dogs from OBG

Help Dogs Rescued From Horror: Bonus Prize Giveaway

Hell on earth is no place for any dog to call home. Yet, at least 46 dogs, mostly Cocker Spaniels, called a hot barn in the dreadful summer heat of rural Virginia, home for months and months: Maybe longer. We will not show you any graphic or … [Read More...]

What to do about lumps on a dog

Dog Parent Guide to Lumps on a Dog

A lump appears on your dog. What should you do next? Do not panic but do not sit idly and hope it goes away. When a tiny raised lump appeared on my Cocker Spaniel’s shoulder blade about two weeks after getting her then yearly vaccinations, I felt … [Read More...]

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Prevent Lost Pets $150 PetHub Gift Card Giveaway

One of the worst things that can happen to a pet parent is for their dog to go missing. If your stolen, lost, or missing dog happens to luck out and end up at a shelter, the chances of a reunion with you increase dramatically if that dog is … [Read More...]

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The Big Four Blood Test Dogs Should Have

Medical screening tests are an important part of keeping your dog healthy. No doubt, your dog's veterinarian suggests routine blood work to assess anything that might be happening or brewing in your dog's hematologic chemistry. Is your vet, however, … [Read More...]

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Custom Pet Pottery Dog Photo Contest

There is something to be said for handmade pottery with a dog theme in mind. How many of you love to shop for dog-related items? If I see a unique dog bowl, magnet, ornament, or other dog-inspired item, my eyes light up and I want to learn more. … [Read More...]

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How to Help a Lost Dog

A pet parent's worst nightmare, next to having their pet pass away, is having their pet go missing. Over the past 10 years or so, my spouse and I have helped reunited at least a dozen lost dogs with their frantic families.  The dogs seem to find … [Read More...]

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How to Help Dogs With Epilepsy

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Random Acts of Kindness Triumph Over Hate

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How to Become an Instagram Rock Star

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A Letter to My Dog Book Delivers and Giveaway

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Seven Summer Safety Tips Dogs Wish You Knew

The fourth of July is a time of fun, enjoyment, celebration, and unfortunately, fireworks. If you are a dog parent whose dog is unaffected by the bombs bursting in air, rejoice! Millions of dogs are petrified of loud sounds and the fourth of July … [Read More...]

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Safe Ways to Prevent Fleas and Ticks

It’s time for the 2015 edition of safe ways to prevent fleas and ticks from attacking and/or attaching their nasty selves to your dog. We’ve come a long way since flea collars and chemical-based spot on treatments that can actually do more harm … [Read More...]

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Dog is Good Patriotic Apparel and Giveaway

Dog is Good.® I know this because I am a dog lover of the highest order, and if you are reading this, you are and can relate. Dogs rock, right? The folks at the Dog is Good company feel the same way, so they offer an entire collection of goodies for … [Read More...]

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10 Summer Household Items That Can Kill Dogs

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Max the Movie Comes to Big Screen

Max the dog is coming to town and he wants to meet you. Dog lovers of the highest order, your summertime blockbuster is here.  Opening nationwide on June 26th, Warner Brothers presents "Max," a true story about a military working dog who served on … [Read More...]

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I am a: Woman Wife Dog Mom Writer/Blogger Taxpayer I have pride. Across this great nation throughout June (and in many parts of the country all summer long), a celebration of pride for those who identify as L, G, B, or T is taking … [Read More...]

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Help Dexter the Dog Win #TheDogWedding Contest

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Super Sized Pet Blogger Summer Giveaway

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New Product Helps Senior Dogs (and More)

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