Tight Budget? 7 Money Saving Tricks to Trim Costs Without Compromising Your Pet’s Health

Tight Budget? 7 Money Saving Tricks to Trim Costs Without Compromising Your Pet’s Health

Sniff Around for Quotes Without a Paid Visit Did you know the majority of veterinarian offices offer quotes on procedures over the phone? Information is often available about routine annual exams and emergency situations at the tip of your fingers. In order to find and keep the best care for your fluffy friend, compare fees to ensure your best deal. Keep in mind, emergency surgery that requires anesthesia can cost a pretty penny, always be prepared. Attack Health Issues Before They Become a Major Problem  If you notice that your aging dog doesn’t have as much pep in his step, is … Continue reading

Smarter Treat Choices for Canines & Snacks to Avoid

Smarter Treat Choices for Canines & Snacks to Avoid

When it comes to feeding our four-legged friends, keep in mind the pet obesity epidemic facing our nation. Not only does this growing problem put them at a greater risk for many health problems, it also reduces their overall lifespan and can make them extremely uncomfortable. Also in the light of recent poisoning threats from treats manufactured overseas, many pet owners are choosing better alternatives for rewarding their animals. A majority of fresh fruits and vegetables are not only healthier choices, but a large number of pets actually enjoy them when compared to traditional, packaged treats. For example, some dogs … Continue reading

Doggy, It’s Cold Outside: How Cold Is Too Cold for Your Dog?

Doggy, Its Cold Outside: How Cold Is Too Cold for Your Dog?

It’s that time of year where I get asked how cold is too cold to leave your dog outside during the day and some I know have their dogs outside all the time. The answer depends on the following factors: where you live, the size of your dog, the weight of your dog, the type of coat your dog has, the color of your dog’s coat, the type of condition your dog is in, your dog’s overall health and your dog’s age. Not all dogs are alike nor are the temperatures. When it comes to the temperature you have to … Continue reading

Pet Cancer Awareness Month: How Can You Protect Your Pets?

Pet Cancer Awareness Month: How Can You Protect Your Pets?

There is one word that strikes fear in the heart of every pet parent; cancer. Unfortunately, it is a diagnosis heard each day in veterinary offices around the world. November is Pet Cancer Awareness month and the perfect opportunity to explore ways we can help protect our best friends. Did you know that many of the cancers humans get can also affect pets? It makes sense when you think about it. We share the same environments, are exposed to the same toxins, we share love and companionship as the human-animal bond, and our DNA or genomes are similar. The human … Continue reading

K9 Epilepsy: What’s in Your Dog’s Epi First Aid Kit?

K9 Epilepsy: What's in Your Dog's Epi First Aid Kit?

It is November and with it comes the time of year when many of us are busy with the hustle, bustle, and preparations for the upcoming holidays. November is also Epilepsy Awareness Month, a time to support those living with epilepsy—humans and canines. So while you are making lists and checking them twice, I encourage you to do a purple awareness ribbon in support, and if you share your life with a dog who has Canine Epilepsy, to use this time to take inventory of your dog’s Epi First Aid Kit. First, and foremost, if your dog has a seizure, … Continue reading

10 Ways to Get You and Your Dog’s Fitness on This Winter

10 Ways to Get You and Your Dog's Fitness on This Winter

Freezing cold wind, icy cold feet/paws, frostbite, and just downright brrrrrrrrr! Winter, as gorgeous as it is seeing our world covered in a gorgeous blanket of white, let’s face it, hibernation during these months is something both we and our pets can relate to. So what do we do during the winter? Normally a good cuddle on the couch with our pets and a favorite movie is top of the list. BUT… what about keeping up with exercise? Both mental and physical stimulation is still needed to maintain health and overall well being of our dogs as well as us … Continue reading

How to Help Relieve Dog Joint Pain

How to Help Relieve Dog Joint Pain

Over the last few years, I have been really privileged to work with a number of different dog patients, especially older dogs, all with different physical challenges. I really enjoy watching the transformation in my patients, seeing a dog with joint pain, being stiff and struggling to move; to then relaxing into the massage treatment and gaining increased flexibility. My patients genuinely seem to enjoy our massage sessions. In many cases, the dogs get a renewed energy and interest in life. With this in mind, I wanted to share a case study with you about one of my clients, Dennis. … Continue reading

Should You Switch Your Dog to a Raw Food Diet?

Should You Switch Your Dog to a Raw Food Diet?

Last year, I rescued a German Shepherd named Neko from a shelter in Southern California. Aside from being a certified dog trainer, I am also the director of the German Shepherd rescue Sylvester’s Haven. Neko had been diagnosed with Degenerative Myelopathy (DM) by the shelter vet. We saved Neko under the assumption that he would probably only have seven months to live given his condition and we had enough donations lined up to give him a good end of life. As I took a personal interest in this amazing dog, I researched nutritional protocols to slow the progression of his … Continue reading

What Food Should I Be Feeding My Dog?

What Food Should I Be Feeding My Dog?

As humans are becoming more conscious of what they are putting into their bodies, they are also becoming more aware of what they are feeding their dogs. As a Professional Dog Trainer, I am questioned often on what I feed my dogs and what brand of food I suggest. My answer to that has not changed in about 12 years, and that is a diet specific to their breed. We, as people, have humanized our dogs so much we tend to forget that they are in fact not humans. I rescued a red nose pit bull named Ruby in 2004. … Continue reading

How Cold Is Too Cold for Your Dog?

How Cold Is Too Cold for Your Dog?

Winter Is Coming! How many times have you seen that phrase this month? But it’s true! Winter is on its way and oh boy has it been getting chilly at night! We all know it is key to give our dogs plenty of exercise, walks, play time etc… but the cold, snowy, winter months can prove difficult to maintain usual routines. While some dogs absolutely love the cold, their humans may not feel the same. Or maybe the humans don’t mind, but their dogs make it quite obvious that the snowy weather is just not their cup of tea. So today, … Continue reading