5 Ways To Improve Dog Joint Health

As your pup ages, their joints may start to stiffen up. Most dogs in their senior years develop arthritis. It’s very common and and can cause the same discomfort and pain that we feel. Most of the time, you may not notice the signs because as dogs age, their energy level changes and their activities […]

Doggie Bad Breath

It’s perfectly acceptable for your dog’s breath to smell like dog food or a treat they recently ate, but what about when it smells like old food or worse? Since dogs don’t brush their teeth, it’s up to us to make sure they have healthy gums and teeth. Control That Bad Breath! Brushing You may […]

5 Tips for Hiking With Your Dog

Outdoor activities increase when the weather warms up. If you and your furry best friend love going for hikes, make sure both of you are prepped and ready for the mileage. 5 Tips for Hiking With Your Dog Check that the trail is pet-friendly. Some parks allow dogs on trails and others do not. If […]

Prevent Lyme Disease

More and more pets are coming down with Lyme disease. Lyme disease is caused by a kind of bacteria that is transmitted from an infected deer tick. When the tick attaches to the dog or cat, the bacteria enters the bloodstream and can cause many problems. Signs lameness lethargic decrease in appetite fever If you […]

Need to Shed a Few Pounds?

Now that the weather is warming up, it might be time to shed those winter pounds. Not yours. Well, maybe yours but also your pet’s “winter weight.” While some dogs and cats may not have a problem with weather changes and exercise, other pets end up gaining a few pounds from being inside more and […]

Dog Care 101: Hot Spots

It’s slimy, it’s wet, and it often looks like someone or something took a bite out of your dog’s fur leaving a red bald spot. It’s a hot spot and it’s uncomfortable for your pup. What causes a hot spot? It’s usually an allergic reaction to something, sometimes a flea bite, that causes the skin […]

Do Dogs Need Clothes?

Some of my friends have dogs that are fluffy and don’t wear sweaters or rain coats during the winter and some other friends of mine dress their dogs in everything from vests to seat jackets and little hats. I’ve also heard friends talk about how the pet product industry markets in a certain way to […]

5 Reasons You Should Get Your Dog In Shape

Obesity is no longer an epidemic that only affects humans – it has now spread to their animal counterparts. Our pets are becoming overweight and obese at an alarming rate. We have a small problem where we overfeed our pets, overtreat them, and sometimes let them indulge in too many lazy days in the house. […]

No More Bones! Safe Chew Toys for Dogs

As much as dogs seem to love chewing on bones, there are hidden dangers about letting them chomp and chomp on them. Even though many of us know that chicken bones are bad because of how they can splinter, we may believe that other types of bones are ok to give our pups, but all […]

The 6 Signs of Dog Health

Your dog may not always tell you when she feels a little bloated, has dry skin, or feels nauseasous. It’s not always easy to read your pet’s well-being. There are signs of illness such as lethargy, excessive drooling, appetite changes, or energy level differences but we see our pets everyday and a gradual decrease isn’t […]

Harmful Household Plants To Pets

Our pets sometimes do things that we wish they didn’t like sit on the table, scratch the doors, or chew on electrical cords. They use their sense of smell, touch, and taste to learn about the world around them and it can sometimes get them in trouble, especially when it comes to plants. Ingesting even […]

How To Give a Pill to a Dog

I used to work at an animal shelter and we would have pets who needed to be given medication from time to time as they waited for their new forever homes. Sometimes it was something as routine as a heart worm pill and other times it was an antibiotic. Whatever the reason, in general, I […]

Dog Heatstroke: What It Is & How To Prevent It

Heatstroke is a form of hyperthermia where the dog’s body temperature rises above the normal 101/102 degrees to about 106 or higher. Dogs can’t sweat or cool themselves the way we can. They only have sweat glands on their paws and the tip of their nose. If not treated immediately, a dog can suffer organ […]

Dog Health 101: Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis—commonly referred to as “lepto” by veterinarians, is a flu-like disease that affects pets, particularly dogs. If not treated in time, the disease can become deadly. Lepto is a spiral-shaped bacterium that spreads through contact with an infected wild or domestic animal’s urine.  In the bacteria are several different strains or types of leptospira that can […]

Motion Sickness and Dogs: Signs and Treatment

Dogs seem to really like car rides. Many of them try to hang their heads out the window and watch the world fly by. Some try to stand on the middle console between the front seats and others look out the back window seeing who is following them. There are some dogs that do not […]

5 Myths About Spaying and Neutering

I know some people don’t always think about spaying or neutering their pets. It’s not that they are not caring owners but they aren’t sure if it is necessary for a variety of reasons or they have heard horror stories and don’t want their pet to experience any major problems or tough recoveries. There are […]

Did You Know? Dog Body Facts

We focus a lot on dog behavior and what we can do to help them adjust to the world around them. We modify behavior in our pets through positive reinforcement and repetition but how much do we know about their bodies? Did you know they have more bones than we do? Did you know their […]

Canine Ear Infections

Dogs get ear infections now and then. The floppy guys tend to be more prone to them than the ones who have standup perky ears. It’s usually due to bacteria or yeast in the ears that can’t get out of the canals and then gets mixed with wax creating an infection. Some of the causes […]

What You Can and Can’t Give Your Dog

Thanksgiving tends leave you with a ton of leftovers and there are some we can share with our canine buddies. However, it’s important to know which foods are ok and aren’t. If you have used spices, onion, or other ingredients with some of your meats and vegetables that could be harmful to your pup, it’s […]

Boost Your Dog’s Immune System

With the change in weather from winter to spring, spending more time outside at the local dog park can mean being exposed to more dogs which means more germs. It’s similar to a classroom of children who are all different and have different immunities and exposures to viruses. Now that your pup will be out […]