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Can My Cocker Spaniel Catch Coronavirus (And Spread It)?

Can my Cocker Spaniel catch coronavirus? Dogs are members of the family so our readers want to know if dogs can catch, transmit, or carry the coronavirus, or COVID-19. “There have not been any reports of companion or other animals becoming sick with COVID-19 and currently there is no evidence that they play a significant epidemiological role in this human disease,” … [Read more...]

How To Clean A Dog’s Teeth Without Brushing

Let’s face it: Some dogs are nearly impossible for teeth brushing. Fortunately, it is possible to clean a dog’s teeth without brushing so your pooch isn’t stressed out. Dogs, like people, live with a whole lot of bacteria in their mouths. Without taking care of a dog’s teeth and gums, bacteria finds its way into the bloodstream and ultimately,  a dog’s organs.  Not … [Read more...]

Why You Should Leave A Dog’s Anal Sacs Alone

Want a client for life? Start expressing their dog's anal sacs. That’s the exact piece of advice a veterinary technician shared with me while having my first Cocker Spaniel’s anal glands expressed during a routine visit. There is definitely a time and a place for anal sacs to be expressed and have all that fishy-smelling material removed from a dog’s scent glands. The problem … [Read more...]

Here’s How Fish Oil For Dogs Can Help Your Pooch

When is the last time you saw an online ad or had someone tell you that fish oil for dogs is the next big thing? I mean, do dogs really need all those fancy vitamin and supplement mixes and additives that seem to be dominating the pet industry these days? Yes and no. High atop our list of supplements our dog gets on a daily basis is fish oil. Here’s the catch: not all fish … [Read more...]

Warm Weather Dangers: How To Keep Dogs Cool in Summer

Knowing how to keep dogs cool in summer weather sounds easy, but thousands of summer accidents and mishaps happen to pets. Some of most-searched-for articles on Google include “can dogs stay outside in the heat,” and “can I leave my dog in car during summer.” Even the best pet parents may be doing something wrong when it comes to keeping dogs cool in warmer months. Here are … [Read more...]

How To Easily Diagnose and Treat Colitis In Dogs

One of the first signs of colitis in dogs is diarrhea and bloody mucus in the stool. Canine colitis is a painful condition that should always be checked by a veterinarian. I know because we have dealt with the sudden onset of this nasty condition. When my Cocker Spaniel, Dexter, showed signs of both blood and mucus in his stool, I knew we had an issue. A dog’s poop can tell … [Read more...]

What Kind Of Worms Can Dogs Get?

When one member of my Facebook group, Club Cocker, asked me "what kind of worms can dogs get," I began researching. When several members asked the same question over two months’ time, I knew others would benefit from a discussion on dogs and worms. Parasites and worms love to find a host to call home. At some point in most dogs’ lives, they will get infected with worms. … [Read more...]

Secrets From People Whose Dogs Live Longer Lives

One of the most frequently asked questions we’ve received over the years is how to help dogs live longer lives. Amazingly, when I typed “how to help a dog live longer” into Google to prepare for this post, this was one of the first “people also ask questions:” That’s right, how do I make my dog live forever? In a perfect world, your dog would draw his or her last breath … [Read more...]

How To Keep A Dog’s Kidneys Healthy

Just like people, dogs have two kidneys that serve to regulate blood pressure along with calcium and vitamin D metabolism, but they also help in the creation of new red blood cells. The kidneys help normalize salt and water in the dog’s body. A dog’s kidneys balance certain substances in the bloodstream while helping to filter out waste as urine. If the kidneys malfunction, … [Read more...]

How To Treat and Prevent Gallbladder Disease In Dogs

A silent but deadly epidemic is taking place that affects thousands of dogs every single year. A ruptured gallbladder caused by a mucocele is one of the new leading causes of canine deaths. That's right: gallbladder disease in dogs can be deadly. Even scarier, the pathophysiology/cause of mucocele formation on the gallbladder is not completely known nor understood. I … [Read more...]