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4 Health Facts Your Dog Wishes You Knew

Ah, the things we learn from our vets. Our dogs at vets. Our dogs at vets because you enter the vet office for one reason and then exit armed with an arsenal of “how did I not know that’s.”Cases in point:FACT: Ticks disguise themselves as lumps on a dog. I know. I saw a lump on Dexter’s head and panicked. “Cancer, a mast cell tumor, oh not, not again.” One very … [Read more...]

Top 10 things dog owners should do this month to keep dogs happy

Many of us have rituals and household maintenance we do this time of year, like changing the batteries in our smoke alarm, getting the windows ready for winter, and having the furnace or heaters serviced and checked. There are 10 key things you can do now and throughout the year, to ensure the canine members of the family are being properly "serviced and maintained." Here is … [Read more...]

Fido’s First Fall Hike: Back to the Woods

The last week of October is finally here and at long last the cooler snap I was waiting for.”It’s time to go hiking, Tanner! Let’s get ready quickly and get going.” Fido's first fall hike began~With our gear ready and our peppermint and cedar oil spray applied for flea and tick protection, we had just one concern—our tummies. I grabbed a bag of trail mix form my snack shelf … [Read more...]

My dog is fat: Now what? Part One of Two

"Your dog should lose some weight." Dreaded words, dastardly in fact, that dog owners dread being dictated at the doctor's (aka vet). Though humans can make healthy food choices and monitor their indulgences, dogs depend on what their guardians allow them to have. Indeed, with any medical condition ruled out, the number of overweight dogs in this country is astounding. What … [Read more...]

Pet health insurance: What dog owners need to know (and ask)

Does my dog need pet health insurance? Is it worth it?These are questions I am asked frequently; enough to to merit a blog post addressing the topic of pet health insurance and what consumers should ask and look into before making the leap. For me is it worth it? You bet. I'm one of those do whatever is necessary to take care of my dog people. With that, I view pet health … [Read more...]

Where to go when you stay: Peeing pet-iquette 101

Love traveling with your dog? Taking Bowser on a bountiful road trip? Weekend warriors cruising down Route 66, Bonnie and Clyde, Thelma and Louise? Well, you get the reference points. When Fido's gotta go, Fido simply must go. As a traveler whose idea of a sidekick requires potty breaks, there's a bit of petiquette to pee when traveling life's highways and biways. Here, then, … [Read more...]

Household Item Danger to Dogs

All dogs are diamonds in the rough: They enter our lives and immediately begin adding a sparkle and glisten where once there was not. Then there are moments when the diamonds make things, well, rough. However,  there is a household item many of us have that poses a danger to dogs.Just ask Jane Lyons, whose dog survived what could have been a nearly fatal household … [Read more...]

Heartworm Treatment Medicine Shortage

The American Heartworm Society recently released an urgent guide to veterinarians about the lack of heartworm treatment availability.What does this mean to dog owners and lovers like you and me? Crisis central. For rescue groups like Gulf Coast Cocker Spaniel Rescue, this is a nightmare.So why is this happening and what can be done? The only drug approved in the … [Read more...]

Four products to keep fleas and ticks off dogs

Ten minutes until the store is closing. Shoppers, please bring all purchases to the front registers for checkout,” the PA system beckoned recently at my local pet supply store. Rewind 15 years and last call had a completely different connotation. Now, I’m being thwarted out of the toys and leashes aisle at 8:50 p.m. but happier than I’ve ever been, too.As part of the … [Read more...]