Managing a Dog with IVDD

The saying goes that life can change in an instant. This saying applies to dogs, too. Felicia Easley knows all too well the reality of this statement. Her once playful 6-year-old Cocker Spaniel mix became paralyzed in March of 2014. Prior to injury, the dog, Bob, was a happy, healthy dog with no major illnesses. "Bob (initially) suffered abrupt and complete paralysis from … [Read more...]

The Truth About Dog Genetic Testing

If you are a purebred dog aficionado, chances are you know what diseases to watch for as your dog ebbs and flows through life. For example, Cocker Spaniels are more prone to certain diseases, like IMHA (immune-mediated hemolytic anemia), than other breeds, so this is something this Cocker mom watches for and hopes never occurs. What happens if you have a mixed breed dog? … [Read more...]

Dangers of Buying Online Dog Medications

Fake prescriptions and ordering medicines for your dog online: Should you or shouldn’t you? According to the 2013-2014 APPA National Pet Owners Survey, 68 percent of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 82.5 million homes. In 2013, $55.72 billion was spent on our pets in the United States. In 2014, that number exceeded $58 billion. Of that over $58 billion, over $22 … [Read more...]

Seven Dog Winter Dangers And How to Prevent Them

Winter myths and lies are blowing across the landscape these days. Not everything you read online is true, on this we can agree. But there are some winter myths that make their way into mainstream. Myths have no place when it comes to a dog’s well being and winter safety. Dog winter dangers are rampant, but knowing how to prevent them is so simple. Here are 7 realities to … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Dog with Irritable Bowel Disease: Final Chapter

These are the final pages of the diary of this dog mom who stood in a state of shock, disbelief, and numbing silence as my Cocker Spaniel of nearly 15 years was ushered out of her body. This is the final blog post in this 5-part series about having a dog with irritable bowel disease (IBD). I look back over pages and pages of notes. I read through the dated entries in a log … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part 4 of 5

Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) took my dog from me way too soon. In writing this 5-part series about this dreaded disease, which sounds nasty, can be, and has the potential to be fatal, I am learning, trying to understand, but find myself mourning the loss of my dog with all too real surfacing emotions. It is hard to difficult to write about that which: We don’t … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part 3 of 5

True health begins with a varied diet of fresh, whole foods; avoiding redundant vaccinations and persistent pesticides; promoting repair with natural therapies that help restore normal function. In researching this blog series on dogs dealing with Irritable Bowel Disease, the above statement from Dr. Bill Kruesi resonates so strongly, I am sharing it here. You can read the … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part Two of Five

Irritable Bowel Disease is manageable, but can be complicated to treat, sometimes leads to secondary gastrointestinal issues, and there are dogs who lose their lives to IBD-related issues. I am a dog mom who lost her one-week-shy of 15 years old Cocker Spaniel to IBD back in 2008. This is part two of a five-part series related to our dog’s journey with IBD in an effort to … [Read more...]

Anatomy of a Dog With Irritable Bowel Disease: Part One of Five

On October 11, 2008, time stopped. My spouse and I stood by as the veterinarian stopped my dog’s heartbeat, thus breaking our hearts in the process.  To the best of my abilities, skills as a journalist, background in the dog world, and with all the professional veterinary contacts I have, as of this writing, in the over six years since my dog died, I have no idea what actually … [Read more...]

How to Find a Good Veterinarian

“My dog’s eye is bleeding, how could this have happened?” It was the mid 90’s and those are words I said aloud in a busy waiting room. “Look, no one can stay here to watch these dogs all night,” the voice of authority commanded. “You want to just leave her and pick her up tomorrow if you can’t handle it, then?” I took my dog away from that busy waiting room, promising … [Read more...]