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Questions to Ask Before Dog Surgery

One of the most unsettling things a diligent dog parent faces is learning dog surgery is imperative. Whether for a sudden injury, to go under anesthesia for a routine procedure, or something planned, keeping your dog's safety is first and foremost. In my lifetime as a dog mom and close to a dozen years in the dog writing and dog blogging space, I've talked to countless numbers … [Read more...]

Who Watches Your Dog Overnight at the Veterinarian

As a first time dog mom, I made mistakes. I suppose any mom of the world has made a mistake or two with her child at some point in life. I shouldn't beat myself up. Alas, I do. It's a fiber of who I am: I love my dog that much. You see, there are myths to what really happens when you leave your dog at the vet overnight. You want to believe that someone is there. You want to … [Read more...]

Dog Survives Rare Heart Surgery

How far would you go to save your dog's life. What if no veterinarian in the entire country performed an operation your dog needed to save his or her life? Esme the Japanese Chin was diagnosed with mitral valve regurgitation in April of 2014 and given a few months to live. His dad, M. Dylan Raskin, spent nearly $32,000 thus far to save his dog's life with a rare heart … [Read more...]

Medicine Versus Mom: When Dogs Undergo Surgery

What exactly happens when dogs undergo surgery?  Is my dog okay? Does he miss me? Is he being monitored?  These are the things that run through my mind when I’m trying to fall asleep. Taking your dog to the veterinarian and leaving without him or her is one of the lowest, emptiest feelings a dog parent experiences. If your dog has ever needed surgery, teeth cleaning, or any … [Read more...]

Lifesaver Product for Dog Hot Spots and Stink

My dog had surgery in June and razor burn resulted. If a dog in your life has ever been down the surgery road, you know that veterinary staff shaves their fur to getting the dog as naked as possible. I know this is essential so a clean surgical area is presented to the doctor, but razor burn can, and does, occur. In June, our PR (Puppy Relations) Manager, Dexter, had … [Read more...]

Dog ACL Surgery Six Weeks Later

It’s been six weeks since our Puppy Relations (PR) Manager, Dexter, underwent an extracapsular surgical repair of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL). During the operation, his very skilled surgeon repaired a completely torn ligament and removed the “shock absorber” portion of the knee, also called the meniscus.  Indeed, Dexter's ACL surgery six weeks later gives us pause to … [Read more...]

How to Entertain a Dog After Surgery

My dog is recovering from surgery and there isn't much I can do with him to keep him stimulated. After all, he is on strict rest orders, no jumping, no playing, and certainly no long walks or running at the park. So we are stuck for four months and my dog won't have stimulation. That was then and oh so long ago and does not apply to me and my dog in the least. Now we have ways … [Read more...]

Three Gifts from a Dog Angel

It is often said that things tend to come in threes.  Three musketeers, three amigos, three signs of something. Three gifts from a dog angel, perhaps. Indeed, it is often said by many (and I am a firm believer in this) that those who we love and lose will send us signs from beyond. Some may call that place heaven, the great beyond, eternity, or the great unknown. For me, … [Read more...]

What to Do When Your Dog is Having Surgery

On Wednesday, August 14, our Puppy Relations (PR) Manager, Dexter, is having surgery under anesthesia to repair a torn ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and removal of a damaged meniscus: the shock absorber portion of the affected area. As such, we are dedicating this post to the skilled hands of the surgeon, the caring vet techs who will monitor him, and the love of his family … [Read more...]

Surgery for Dog ACL Injury: The Saga Continues

Limp. Pop. Stagger. These are three things I really never wish for my dog to experience and in the past few weeks all three have come to fruition. No tail wag here. Ninety days and two weeks have come and gone and Dexter's partial ACL tear has seen its good and bad days. For those unfamiliar, my dog injured his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in March of 2013. We went from … [Read more...]