Do’s and Don’ts for a Dog Friendly Spring

Whatever your religion, whether you celebrate Easter or not, this weekend and as we enter into spring, there will be plenty of festive things that sound inviting to partake in with your dog.  When it comes to a dog friendly spring, there are some things to do to make things fab and other things to avoid so that dangerous situations do not arise. If you work hard and count on … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Prevent Cancer in Dogs

Cancer: No six letters instills the fear of dread in a dog parent than the “C” word. Canine cancer affects one out of every three dogs.  Of those, over half of them will die of cancer. Can you stop or prevent cancer in dogs? The good news is that there are things you can do to help prevent your dog from becoming one out of every three dogs who will acquire cancer. Here … [Read more...]

10 Things Veterinarians Do That Drive Dog Owners Crazy

Of late, there are an awful lot of "pet peeves of veterinarians" going around online. Want to drive dog owners crazy? Well, veterinarians sometimes do this, too! I have a major love and respect for veterinarians who truly have the interests of their pet clients at heart: Vets who are underpaid, work long hours, never know what is coming through the door most times, and have to … [Read more...]

How to Prevent Dog Ear Infections

Everywhere you turn these days, some company seems to have a lotion, potion, powder, or “sure thing” to prevent dog ear infections. As the pet parent to a floppy eared pooch for most of my adult life, I can attest to the power of keeping a dog’s ears clean as the best advice I can dispense in terms of preventing ear infections. It sounds like common sense, but there is no … [Read more...]

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...]