Ten Lies Told By Dog Food Makers

Smart marketing is one of the basic tenets of any industry. In the case of the dog food industry, it’s all about caveat paw emptor: pet parent buyer beware. Working in the pet industry for close to a decade, there are things I’ve learned that every dog parent should know about dog food labels. Turn that bag, can, or container around, ignore the dog running through a field at … [Read more...]

Grain Free Dog Foods May Link To Heart Disease

Heart disease is a growing and common diagnosis in dogs. Max the Cocker Spaniel wasn’t doing so well. At the time, his mom, Patty Troup, was far from home and visits a local veterinarian with her dog. The vet tells her that Max has maybe three days to live. On the ride home, Troup phones her regular veterinarian with the devastating news. He wants to see the dog right … [Read more...]

Journey of a Dog With IMT: One Year Later

One year ago, my dog was diagnosed with IMT, immune-mediated thrombocytopenia, a life-threatening disease that nearly took him, without warning, from this world. I was devastated, shocked, but determined. Nothing stops this dog mama from doing what it takes to provide her dog with the best care possible. That said, there is a lot I’ve learned over these past 365 days, which I … [Read more...]

What Dog Food Is Best For My Dog?

If you are fussy about the food your dog eats, this is the blog post for you. I will always tell my readers that the best dog food for your dog is the one that works best for them. If you have no idea what food that is, we can help. Take a peek at these pictures. The one on the left is kibble, while the one on the right is a fresh food diet. Which would you rather eat daily? … [Read more...]

Unexpected Warning Signs of Dog Cancer

Marley’s Story Marley sat down and a lump appeared. Marley stood up and it disappeared. Long time readers of this blog know that we believe in the ‘don’t wait, aspirate’ rule of thumb when it comes to lumps on dogs. At the very least, a veterinary visit is in order for further testing. This seemingly innocuous lump turned out to be cancer, and a very aggressive, high grade … [Read more...]

Why Is My Dog Limping On The Front Leg

There is never a dull moment in my life. I recently had the displeasure of answering the question, “Why is my dog limping on the front leg.” Fireworks is the exact answer, but a soft tissue injury was the official diagnosis. You’ve likely arrived at this article because your dog is limping on one or both of his front paws, his front leg is being held in the air, and/or he is … [Read more...]

How To Treat And Prevent Lipomas in Dogs

A lipoma is a common, and often frustrating, occurrence in dogs, prompting dog owners to take their dog to the vet so that cancer is ruled out. If you’ve landed on this article, your dog has a lipoma, or perhaps multiple lipomas, and you want to prevent and treat the ones he or she has. Contrary to popular belief, there are things you can do to decrease the likelihood of … [Read more...]

Top 12 Dangers of Traveling With Dogs By Car

We love taking road trips with our dog. In the 25 years my spouse and I have been together, we've taken dogs on every single one of our road trips. As a dog writer, I've also collected a detailed list of the dangers of traveling with dogs by car. The bad news is these dangers are a threat to your dog's overall well being, safety, and life. The good news is this post will show … [Read more...]

How I Cured 4 Common Dog Health Problems

I’ve got a few strikes against me by being the proud parent of a Cocker Spaniel. I know that dog health problems are inevitable, but since my dog has floppy ears, thick jowls, more sebaceous oil in his skin than most breeds, is more prone to skin itchiness, and tends to have lumps and bumps, doing frequent touches and once overs is crucial in keeping him healthy. As the … [Read more...]

Results of Six Week Test With Dog Probiotics

We came, we saw, we dropped: Dropped as in Probonix droplets onto our dog's food and Women's Probonix probiotic into our daily regimen. If you are considering adding dog probiotics to your pup's diet, here's our results after a six-week trial run. We learned a lot, saw some interesting results, and the females of the family joined in the test.   What to Know … [Read more...]