How to Keep Your Dog Safe in Hot Climates

Safe Tips for Your Dogs During Hot Climates

As we move into summer, the majority of the country is experiencing warmer temperatures that could potentially cause harm to our pet’s health.   Of course, some of us live in a climate that’s generally balmy on a year-round basis, like my native Los Angeles.  Therefore, we warm-weather dwellers must always be prepared to reduce the chance that hot and sunny weather will sicken or injure our pets. Are pets more-prone to heat-related illness than humans? Yes, pets are more prone to heat-related illness than humans. Unlike people, cats and dogs aren’t able to evacuate heat in a manner permitting the … Continue reading

Do Some Breeds Age “Faster” Than Others?

Breeds of Dogs and Effects on Health

At what age is your pet considered to be senior? There is no simple answer for every cat and dog, but the general principle practiced by many veterinarians (including myself) is that pets having achieved seven years of age have entered the senior phase of their lives. The conventional perspective that one pet year equals seven human years puts a seven year old pet at 49 years of age. This is the time in life when humans often develop ailments associated with years of wear and tear on body tissues. Yet, some pets exhibit physical signs of aging faster than … Continue reading

How to Treat and Prevent Your Dog From Heartworm Disease

How to Treat and Prevent Your Dog From Heartworm Disease

Are you aware of heartworm disease? Could you tell if your dog was showing heartworm disease signs? Do you medicate your dog with a monthly heartworm preventative? All are crucial questions owners must ask themselves to prevent their pets from testing positive for this avoidable infectious disease. So, What Is Heartworm Disease? Heartworm is a blood-borne parasite spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Our pups can become infected by the bite of a single mosquito and a potentially life threatening illness will develop. Heartworm is the common name for Dirofilaria immitis. There are four classes of heartworm disease which … Continue reading

3 Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

Health Benefits of Your Pup Bestfriend

We all enjoy being around our companion canines, but did you know dogs can also have positive benefits on our physical and mental health? From the blood pressure lowering to the calorie burning and endorphin releasing merits of taking your dog for a walk, companion animal ownership is good for people. In fact, there’s a term for the beneficial effects companion animals have on human health: zooeyia. Although zooeyia may sound like an exotic disease where animals serve as the source of infection for people (zoonosis, there spread of illness across species), it’s actually the positive inverse of zoonosis. 1. … Continue reading

One Important Way to Prevent Your Dog From Developing Arthritis

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Did you know that one of the most important ways to prevent your dog from developing arthritis is healthy weight maintenance? How and Why Your Dog’s Weight Impacts Dog Arthritis: Aging is an inevitable process happening in all animals, so the development of disease conditions that commonly occur during adult and senior years is unavoidable. One such condition is osteoarthritis (OA), which affects nearly all aging dogs at some point in their lives. Arthritis isn’t exclusively a senior canine condition, as painful joint inflammation can occur at any point in a dog’s life. Yet, owners can take steps to reduce … Continue reading

Tips to Recognize and Treat Dog Ear Problems

Tips to Recognize and Treat Dog Ear Problems - featured

Is your dog plagued by chronic ear problems? Are frequent trips to the vet for ear cleaning or applications of medications required to keep your dog’s ears free from uncomfortable inflammation and infection? If so, you are not alone, as ailments affecting the ears are some of the most common reasons owners present their pets to their veterinarian for evaluation and treatment. Causes of Dog Ear Problems There are many causes capable of contributing to skin and ear problems including: Infection: A variety of microscopic organisms can take up residence in your dog’s ear, including bacteria, yeast, mites. Increased ear discharge … Continue reading

Top 10 Ways to Manage Canine Arthritis Naturally

Canine Arthritis and Canine Health Issues

Canine arthritis pain is one of the most common reasons owners pursue evaluation and treatment with a veterinarian. Arthritis happens when one or more of the body’s joints are inflamed. When untreated, canine arthritis can progress to osteoarthritis (OA) where the cartilage surfaces lining joints is damaged and normal range of motion (ROM) is compromised. Top Signs of Arthritis In Dogs Clinical signs of arthritis in dogs may be mild or severe and only become evident when the disease has significantly advanced. Dog owners can see obvious lameness (limping), difficulty navigating stairs or getting onto or down from elevated surfaces, … Continue reading

Top 6 Nutritional Needs of Puppies

Puppies and Their Important Health Needs

Puppies can be a lot of fun, but their nutritional needs aren’t as easy as you’d expect. Here are my top 6 recommendations as a veterinarian for the unique nutritional needs of puppies: 1. Complete and Balanced Meals Dogs can’t grow on meat alone. They need an appropriate combination of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, minerals, and more. Most commercially available puppy foods have been formulated to be nutritionally complete and balanced for puppy growth and will include a statement that such foods have met requirements of the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). “Nutritionally complete” means that all the … Continue reading