What to Feed Your Senior Dog

Senior Dog: What Your Pet Senior Dog Needs to Be Healthy

As our dogs age, there are many things we need to consider changing in their lives, including our perspective of what is coming during our pup’s senior years.   Most dogs begin to show visible age-related changes at about seven to twelve years of age. There are metabolic, immunologic and body composition changes; some of these are unavoidable while others can be managed with diet. The main goal in feeding an older dog should be to provide your pup with a diet that promotes good health and the ideal body weight, while trying to slow down and minimize diseases that … Continue reading

Chiggers on Your Pet: What to Do to Banish These Bugs!

Chiggers and the Pain It Causes Your Pet Dogs

You may never have seen these microscopic bugs in action, but you have probably spotted the inflamed, red and itchy rashes they leave behind on your pet’s body. Chiggers are a species of mites which latch onto and feed off your pet’s body. They feed for about four days before going through an entire life cycle which can last almost two months! They’re hard to spot because it’s actually the larval stage that causes the real pain. And while they really are so tiny at this stage, their formal name is mighty: Trombiculiasis; and the pain they cause on your … Continue reading

How to Be an Earth-Friendly Pet Parent

Earth-Friendly Pet Parent for You, the Environment and Your Pet Dog’s Health

You may be recycling and composting to help save the planet, but did you know that you can help your pet reduce his carbon footprint, too? It’s true. Becoming an eco-friendly pet parent means you care about your pet’s impact on the environment. You not only buy organic produce and meat from sustainable, local farms, but you choose eco-friendly pet products and holistic, natural alternatives to chemicals and additives. If going green has always been your dream, today we’re going to show you how to be an earth-friendly pet parent the easy way. What Does Eco-Friendly Have to Do With … Continue reading

How Your Dog Can Benefit From Antioxidants

Antioxidants and the Benefits It Gives to Your Dog’s Health

You probably hear the word antioxidants every day, but do you know what they actually are and how they can benefit your dog? Antioxidants are substances that work in the body to reduce cellular oxidation. Oxidation is a chemical process that occurs within the body’s cells, releasing free radicals and peroxides. Free radicals are also generated when the body is exposed to environmental pollutants such as smoke or air pollution and harmful chemicals such as insecticides and pesticides. These cellular by-products are potentially toxic to cells and can overwhelm the body’s natural immune system. As a natural defense, the body … Continue reading

Finding the Right Dog Trainer for You and Your Pup

Dog Trainer: How to Find the Right Dog Trainer to Help You…

When you start looking for a trainer for your dog, it can be confusing on who to choose. Because dog trainers are not required to obtain a license in the United States, there are no set standards. The education, experience and skill of trainers can fluctuate greatly.   To try to address some of this problem, different training certifications have been developed. However, the “certification” programs can differ significantly. Some trainers are “certified” by schools where they learn to dog train. Other trainers are “certified” through private certifying programs that are not affiliated with any particular school. However, there are … Continue reading

A Dog’s Nose Knows What a Dog’s Nose Knows!

Dog’s Nose and What It Can Do…

The nose of a dog is nothing less than remarkable. Dogs see the whole world with their noses. They explore with it, they find things with it, they can sniff out just about anything with it!   For certain dog breeds, their whole lives revolve around their noses – for instance, police dogs who have been trained to sniff out narcotics and/or weapons have extremely important jobs with their nose. Even for our pet dogs, their nose is their world. When I see my huskies sniffing around the house or the yard, I often wonder exactly what smells they are … Continue reading

How Can We Tell If Our Dog Has a Muscle Injury?

Muscle Injury for Dogs: How to Tell if Your Pet Dogs Have Injuries

How can we tell if our dog has a muscle injury?   In this blog, we will be looking at 6 key pointers that may just change the way you look at your dog and help you to detect muscle issues or injuries quickly. Injury that causes lameness is obvious and when our dog cries out in pain, we are usually heading to the vet. However, injury can be much more subtle but still have a huge effect on the way our dogs function. If our dog has a small injury, it can easily go unnoticed but will cause subtle … 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

Top 10 Books on Dog Training and Dog Care

Dog Training Resources for a Better Life With Your Pet Dogs

Whether you’re just considering getting a dog, getting started with a new pup, or looking for help with a current pet, it can never hurt to turn to a good book for some advice on how to care for your dog.   5 Essential Dog Books on Dog Care…  Here are some of our picks for the top 5 books on dog care to help you learn about your dog’s physiology and mind: “How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain” by Gregory Berns This professor of cynology and canine neuroscience works with his adopted dog … Continue reading

Fleas and Ticks and Burrs – Oh My!

Fleas and Ticks and Burrs Against Your Pet Dog’s Health and How to Avoid Them

While summer enchants us to take our dogs out to the rivers, lakes, parks, and other outdoor areas we need to be aware of some of the most common problems we face when the days are longer and warmer. A good habit to get into is checking your dog from head to tail after the possibility of contact with any of these common summertime dangers. Fleas and ticks are abundant, especially in wooded and watery areas. If you plan to go to an area you suspect might have problems with creepy crawlers it is best to use a preventative. There … Continue reading