How Far Would You Go For Your Dog?

Perhaps one of the most unsavory and disturbing trends involves folks who feel they are the mortality police. The decision to euthanize a beloved pet is a very personal and heartbreaking one. I know because I’ve been down that road. Telling me to put a dog down in the name of cost savings is grounds for dismissal from my life, and I know I am not alone in feeling this way. So … [Read more...]

How to Choose the Right Dog Food

Your dog needs to eat. The pet industry is a multi billion dollar one, and among the heavy hitters in this sector are the dog food manufacturers. One of the most frequently asked questions is how to choose the right dog food. It really depends on your definition of right. Like people, dogs have different nutritional needs. What works for some dogs may not work for others. … [Read more...]

New Drug Might Increase Dog Life Span

If your dog could live as long as you do, is this something you’d want to happen? Dog moms and dog dads, if you are like me, the answer is a resounding “YES!” What if a new drug hit the market that might increase the dog life span as we know it? Why dogs can’t live as long as we do remains a question that dog parents, at some point, ask themselves. I know the devastating … [Read more...]

What To Do For a Dog With Kennel Cough

Cough, honk, retch, repeat. These are the sounds no dog parent ever wants to hear; for if you are hearing them, your dog is likely afflicted with infective tracheobronchitis aka kennel cough. You’ve landed on this post because you either: Want to learn more about how to prevent this respiratory infection Your dog (or a dog you know) has contracted it. I have personally … [Read more...]

The 10 Best Dog Health Tips of 2015

Over the past 15 months or so, Rachel Sheppard of My Kid Has Paws and I have co-blogged the "Medicine Versus Mom" series. This series provides the perspective of me, the skilled dog mom and dog writer of over 25 years, and Rachel, the former vet tech and dog mom. From our year's worth of posts, here are the best dog health tips of 2015 to keep, refer to, and apply to the lives … [Read more...]

Is Homeopathic Medicine Safe for My Dog

Modern veterinary medicine has its place in the treatment and care of dogs, but so does homeopathic medicine. You’ve probably arrived at this article because you are either: Curious about what canine homeopathic medicine is; You have a dog with a health problem and want some sort of alternative treatment. Homeopathy deals with the law of similars and it might conjure … [Read more...]

Preventative Medicine In Dogs: Does It Work?

Organic, natural, paleo, healthy, and GMO-free are terms that get tossed around in the veterinary community these days. Are these words simply designed to get you, the consumer, to pay more for products or is there truth in preventative medicine? That's right: Living a less chemical lifestyle is not only better for you, but in the long run, better for your dog. In this edition … [Read more...]

Products to Help Extend Your Dog’s Life

This post was not paid for, I have no reason to share it other than these products work, and if you love your dog and want him or her to live a long, healthy, happy life, these are the kind of products to use on your dog. Some brands just absolutely "get it" when it comes to making products for dogs that have an impact. They don't deal with nasty ingredients that require a … [Read more...]

How to Safely Help Your Overweight Dog Lose Weight

It's a topic that sends chills up the spine of dog parents everywhere: Fat pets. No one wants to admit their dog is overweight, but someone has to approach the topic. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention reveals that 57.9% of cats and 52.7% of dogs are overweight or obese. That's astounding. Many veterinarians don't approach the sensitive topic with their clients because … [Read more...]

Who Watches Your Dog Overnight at the Veterinarian

As a first time dog mom, I made mistakes. I suppose any mom of the world has made a mistake or two with her child at some point in life. I shouldn't beat myself up. Alas, I do. It's a fiber of who I am: I love my dog that much. You see, there are myths to what really happens when you leave your dog at the vet overnight. You want to believe that someone is there. You want to … [Read more...]