Why Does My Dog Like Poop So Much?

Poop of Dogs? Reasons Why Dogs Like Their Poop…

The other day, my husband and I had a photoshoot with Rooney out on this beautiful trail and beach in Northern California. We were walking along, enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery and then I look down to see Rooney rolling around in deer poop. Mind you, we had yet to take a single photo. Although I wasn’t looking forward to a smelly dog on the ride home, Rooney looked like he was having the time of his life. When I worked at the veterinary hospital, it was very common for us to have patients who visited the kitty … Continue reading

The Top 5 Dog Myths I’ve Encountered

Myths With Dog Behaviors and How to Determine What Your Pet Wants

I am not exactly sure why or how myths exist, but they do! Particularly for dogs. While most myths are harmless, the myths that surround dog health and behavior can be dangerous if believed to their fullest. Here Are 5 Myths That I’ve Encountered: 1. Dogs Only Wag Their Tails When They Are Happy Although most dogs do wag their tails as a sign of happiness, many dogs wag their tail when they are unsure or uncomfortable. If you ever have to approach a dog you don’t know, don’t simply assume they are happy because their tail is wagging. Be … Continue reading

3 Benefits of Pet Insurance

3 Benefits of Pet Insurance

Chances are, many people welcomed a new pet into their home for the holiday season, which is wonderful! Bringing a new pet into your home is an exciting time. There are tons of things you have to do. First, you need to purchase pet beds, food, toys, and perhaps a few extra items. Then, you need to start socializing your pet and getting them used to your routine. Before you know it, the new year has started, and kids are back to school, and you are back to your busy schedule. Although 2016 is bound to speed by like all … Continue reading

5 Tips for a Pet Safe Christmas Tree

5 Tips for a Pet Safe Christmas Tree

Now that we are officially in the post-Thanksgiving time of the holiday season, it’s time to start decorating for Christmas! I truly love the Christmas season. I always have. However, there are many Christmas decorations and traditions that can be potentially harmful to our pets. I can’t begin to share with you the number of Christmas tree-related injuries I experienced while working at the veterinary hospital. Everything from eye scratches to foreign body surgeries. Therefore, today I would like to discuss 5 tips for keeping your Christmas tree pet safe. 1. Watch Out for Toxins Christmas trees themselves are considered mildly … Continue reading

4 Ways to Stay Connected With Your Dog While You Travel

4 Ways to Stay Connected With Your Dog While You Travel

For many of us, our dogs simply can’t travel everywhere we go. If you are anything like me, you simply won’t fly your dog in cargo unless you have no other option and have to transport them. Which means that you may take vacations or work trips, and you won’t be able to bring your dog. Not being able to bring Rooney with me makes me miss him tremendously when I am gone. Therefore, I try to think of ways to stay connected with him when I travel. Here Are a Few of My Favorite Ideas: 1. Flat Pet BlogPaws … Continue reading

What Causes a Dog to Pant?

Pant Issues on Dogs

Dogs can be complex creatures at times. Specifically, their basic behavior and mannerisms can have multiple meanings. Panting is one of those behaviors. Many people think that panting is a singular behavior with a single cause, but there is much more to it than that. Panting can be caused by the following: 1. Cooling Down Because dogs don’t sweat as humans do (except some sweating through their paws) they cool themselves by panting. When a dog is hot, panting circulates the necessary oxygen so that your dog can cool down. If you see your dog panting, it is important to … Continue reading

5 Reasons Your Dog Needs to Get in Shape Now

5 Reasons Your Dog Needs to Get in Shape Now

When I worked at the vet hospital, many of my patients were overweight or obese. As a matter of fact, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention discovered that 52.7% of U.S. dogs are overweight or obese as of 2014. There is a lot of speculation surrounding the reasons why pet obesity is so prevalent. In my experience, many pet parents find it difficult to understand the severity of seemingly small weight gain. Specifically, if a dog is supposed to weigh 18 pounds and they actually weigh 20 pounds, this might not seem like a big deal. However, this dog has … Continue reading

How to Get Your Dog to Love Their Crate

Crate Training for your Dog’s Safety

There are many benefits to crate training your dog. Although there has been some controversy in the past, many people support positive and necessary crate training. If used appropriately, crate training can improve your living conditions and provide your dog with additional safety. For example, your pet may be a chewer, and never quite outgrow their habit of wanting to chew on things. If your dog has a particular affinity for chewing on wires or some other dangerous household item, crating them while you are away and unable to distract them, may be the safest option for them. For crate … Continue reading

10 Common Health Problems in Dogs

Health of Dogs Is One of Our Top Priorities

There is a plethora of information available to pet parents regarding common issues for dog breeds. However, there are a handful of health issues that most dogs experience in their lifetime. The purpose of the below list is to inform pet parents so that you can prepare for the potential issues your dog may face. (This list is in no particular order) 1. Intestinal Parasites These include tapeworms, roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and roundworms, among others. The most common, as cited by Perdue University include tapeworms and roundworms. The intestinal parasite that is the most dangerous to your dog is heartworm. … Continue reading

4 Dog Toy Safety Tips

Dog Toy and Safety

Nothing makes me happier than seeing my dog Rooney, run around the house with a toy in his mouth. He loves toys and I love buying him new ones. Although dog toys represent fun and play time, as pet parents we need to consider our dog’s safety when choosing dog toys. For example, Rooney loves squeaky toys. However, his mission is to find and destroy the squeeker inside the toy. Turns out, after living with Rooney for 3 years, I have learned that his mission is to destroy any toy that crosses his path. After realizing how Rooney valued his … Continue reading