Doggy First-Aid Tips and Tricks

First-Aid Knowledge for Your Lovely Pet Dog

Health issues in our beloved family pets can be a scary problem to face. Many of us have an idea of how to administer first-aid to humans, but first-aid for pets is a whole different ball game. Animals don’t have the ability to vocalize pain or sickness in the same way that humans do, so we have to rely on our observations and changes in their behavior. When something goes wrong, we might not always know what to do or how to help them. Instead of being in the dark about doggy first-aid, it’s smart to do your research and … 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 Helpful Tips for Moving with Your Dog

Moving With Your Pet Dog? Here’s How to Make it Easy

Moving is a stressful process! Whether you are moving down the street or across the country, it never seems to go as smoothly as you hope, especially if you have a dog. Not only is it stressful for you, but it is stressful your pup, as well. Luckily, you can simplify the process a bit if you keep these helpful tips in mind. 1. Avoid Flying If you are moving with your dog, it is best to avoid flying altogether. It is best to drive. Driving, although it takes longer, is easier for you and your dog. You can make … Continue reading

Why Your Dog Chews and How to Manage It

Chew Issues With Dogs? How to Help Your Dog Control Chewing…

We’ve all been there. We get home from a long day of work to find our living pillows ripped to shreds! Our dog greets us with a look of mischievous guilt on his face. We want to get mad, but we can’t. It’s like firing an employee for being inappropriate at last year’s Christmas party! The deed’s been done, and nothing can put the pillows back together. What’s important right now is to make sure this doesn’t happen again. But how exactly can you protect your furniture from your dog’s uncontrollable urge to chew? The first step is to understand … Continue reading

Canine Epilepsy: 12 Important Tips if Your Dog Has a Seizure

Canine Epilepsy and Things You Can DO to Protect Your Dog’s Health

November is Epilepsy Awareness Month and a perfect time to discuss Canine Epilepsy. Once upon a time, euthanasia was the suggested protocol for dogs with seizure disorders or Canine Epilepsy (Epi-dogs), but, thankfully, that is so not the case today! Now, there are many resources and healthcare routes to explore, both medical and alternative that just didn’t exist years ago. Having a trusting, solid relationship with your veterinarian is key. There are also some wonderful online support groups where members share their stories, recommendations, treatment options, and support. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone. Your … Continue reading

Here’s What YOU Need to Know About Pet Cancer

Pet Cancer Prevention and Health Issue Detection

November is National Pet Cancer Awareness Month. That dreaded “C” word that no one – or no pet – ever wants to hear. But we cannot turn our backs on cancer, we cannot ignore it. What we can do, is raise awareness, and do our part to keep our pets healthy, while helping each other understand early signs of cancer, and/or how to prevent it. Here’s What YOU Need to Know About Canine Cancer: According to The Veterinary Cancer Center – “Cancer accounts for nearly 50% of all disease related pet deaths each year.”  Wow… That’s huge. With only about … Continue reading

National Pet Wellness Month #NPWM

National Pet Wellness Month for Dogs

October is National Pet Wellness Month. That means, this would be a great time for you to consider the care of your pet. Every year, or even more, it’s good to take a step back and think about any appointments your dog or cat may have had, or any that they may need. You might be thinking, “well, I think about those things often, why do I need to do it once a year?” Perk up your ears, and we will go through some common thoughts pet parents have in common, and some questions we should all be asking ourselves. … Continue reading

5 Reasons Senior Dogs Rock & Ways to Keep Them Comfortable as They Age

Senior Dogs and the Benefits of Having One

Dogs are considered to be seniors when they reach the last 25-30% of their lives. Life expectancy varies by size, but the average age of seniors is 7-8 and up. Senior dogs in shelters are more difficult to adopt out, but there are many reasons that seniors make wonderful pets. 1. Their Exercise Needs Are Reduced Seniors still need exercise, but if you are not feeling well or just feeling lazy, your senior dog probably won’t act out if they don’t get their daily walk, run, or game of fetch. Walks can be shorter and more relaxing, and there is … Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Dog For a Vet Visit

Vet Visit That is Hassle Free

Does going to the vet make you nervous? I think there is nothing more frightening than rushing your pet to a vet for an emergency. It can also be scary when taking your pet for a planned appointment when you suspect there is something wrong. Since our pets cannot tell us what is ailing them, we need to be their eyes and ears. It’s important to gather the right information when you suspect there is an injury, illness, or behavior change. There are steps that we can take as pet parents to prepare for a vet visit whether it is an … Continue reading

4 Ways to Help Your Dog Have a Pleasant Vet Visit

Vet Visit and Dog Training

From my personal experience as a veterinarian, I can tell you that certain procedures are unavoidably stressful and painful for a dog. However, routine veterinary health checks shouldn’t have to be! With some conditioning and training, you can help your dog learn to accept and even love visits to the veterinarian so that he doesn’t have to be terrified the moment you pull into the clinic parking lot. Here’s what you can do to help your dog have a pleasant visit to the veterinarian every time: 1. Teach Your Dog to Go Inside and Stay Quietly in a Crate Not … Continue reading