Why You Should Consider Dog Rehab BEFORE Surgery

Dog Rehab and Go With the Basics Before Operation

In October of 2014 my husband and I noticed our Bernese Mountain dog, Bethany, began limping. It was evident the issue was the front left shoulder. We went to our regular vet where we were referred to an orthopedic surgeon (DACVS) who specializes in soft tissue injuries. At our appointment the doctor conducted an examination and took x-rays, determining she most likely had a tear in her ligament. We were given a couple of options: surgery or rehabilitation. The surgery had a long recovery period and there was a chance it wouldn’t work. Bethany was a 6-year-old puppy mill breeder … Continue reading

Coconut Cream Cookie Dog Treat Recipe!

Dog Treat Recipe to Make Your Pet Dog Happy!

I’m a big fan of coconut in all its forms and incorporate it in many of Kirby and Kenzie’s meals and treats. Once believed to be unhealthy because of its high saturated fat content, we now know that the fat called medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) lead to efficient burning of energy.   Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or other, provides a wide range of health benefits. Holistic veterinarians recommend daily servings of up to 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body. I wanted to make a treat in the purest form of coconut as possible, and … Continue reading

How to Choose the Perfect Coat for Your Dog?

Coat for Your Pet Dogs: What Kind of Pet Coat Should You Buy?

We live in the Chicago area where sub-zero temperatures are the norm in January. Most dogs wear coats in the windy city deep freeze.   But what about in places with normal winters, do dogs really need coats? Some dogs with thick fur stay warm on their own as long as they stay dry. But others – shorthaired or short-legged dogs, seniors and puppies, toy breeds, thin dogs without much body fat, and dogs with chronic health or immune system issues – need the extra protection when the temperatures drop. 1. Does It Fit? A coat should give your dog … Continue reading

Dog Allergies: Oh The Fun They Have! Oh the Itching They Will Do! 

Allergies of Dogs: How to Keep Your Pet Dogs Clean and Allergy Free!

Does your fur baby have allergies? For being such a big ole boy, at 95 lbs, my Hendrix The Hiking Dog sure does have sensitive skin. Have you ever wondered what is actually going on when allergies come into play?   The process is the same for humans and animals. When an allergic reaction happens, the body sees an otherwise harmless agent, as a threat, the same as it would say a bacteria. While the process of fighting a bacteria is positive, obviously it is a negative response when the body misreads an agent as a danger. Dogs are like … Continue reading

How to Nail Clip Your Dog’s Nails… Calmly

How to Nail Clip Your Dog's Nails… Calmly

To a certain extent it is a myth that road walking will wear down your dog’s claws. A dog’s posture, and any physical conditions like hip dysplasia will determine how he walks and the weight distribution through his legs and feet.   Conformation also plays a huge part in the placement of the foot. We are all guilty of not handling our dog’s feet for fun stuff, seeming only to grab them rudely for feet cleaning and nail clipping. These procedures can be incredibly stressful for our pooches and as guardians it is fitting that we make the experience as … Continue reading

Fun Activities to Keep Your Dog Active This Winter

Winter Tips for Your Pet Dogs to Enjoy

Even when the weather is cold, there are still so many fun activities to keep your dog healthy and happy!   It’s important to make sure your dog gets plenty of playtime and exercise all year round, so why not try a few of these fun winter games and activities on a cold day? Go Outside! Snow and cold weather don’t automatically make play time outside impossible. In fact, your dog will love hopping around the in the snow and getting some fresh air. If it’s snowing out, make sure your dog is equipped with some dog booties and a … Continue reading

12 Reasons Your Dog Is Overweight

Overweight Dogs and How to Keep Them Healthy

Are you concerned about your dog’s weight? Well, typically we adore fat dogs, and they may win us over with their charm, but unknown to some, those extra pounds may hurt the dog’s back, may result in heart problems, lead to expensive vet bills, make the dog less active or even worse – shorten its life if it develops an illness such as arthritis or diabetes.   So, if you have realized your dog is becoming overweight or are just curious how a dog becomes that way, let’s take a look at the top reasons a dog is packing on … Continue reading

Keep Your Dog (& Yourself) In Shape This Winter With These Simple Exercises!

Winter Tips for You and Your Pet Dog!

How to stay fit in the winter time… a few easy exercises for you and your dog!   Let’s face it, when it is dark, cold and wet outside you don’t want to go out and play. But your dog? He’s ready for adventure and has energy to burn, so there has to be a happy medium, right? During the winter months it is hard to get in the same level of physical activity for your dog, which can lead to weight gain or worse yet destructive behavior. Here are a few fast and easy games to play with your … Continue reading

Keeping Your Dogs Happy When You Are Away from Home!

Keeping Your Dogs Happy: How to Make Your Pet Dog Happy All the Time!

One of the most successful ways to keep your dog happy and busy whilst you are out from the family home is to introduce some environmental enrichment.   Essentially you are giving your dog lots of fun things to think about and do whilst you are away at work for the day, it also helps them keep up their natural behaviors of sniffing out items, being inquisitive and perhaps jumping up, digging and reaching for objects. Some examples that are easy to make, cheap and the kids will also have fun being involved! These include objects that make the dog … Continue reading

How to Keep Your Senior Dog Comfortable This Winter

Winter Season for Dogs? Keeping Your Dogs Happy

Let it snow, let it snow! Winter is a wonderful time to celebrate gratitude and family with your senior dog.   Unfortunately, with the cold weather comes more dangers and discomforts for your pooch. Read on below for some easy ways you can keep your senior dog happy and comfortable during the cold season. Getting Outside No matter your dog’s age, exercise is very beneficial to your dog’s well-being and comfort. Exercise can reduce the risk of obesity, and help your dog enjoy their last years feeling their best. Your senior dog might grow accustom to lounging around inside, so … Continue reading