Dog Wellness

9 Natural Home Remedies for Your Dog

When your dog is feeling under the weather, your vet should be the first person you call. Seemingly minor symptoms may be indicative of a serious underlying medical condition, in which case do-it-yourself remedies could be ineffective or cause more harm than good. Read more here…

A Cleaner, Greener Home for You and Your Pet

Out of all the toxic environments that your pet will be exposed to in its lifetime, it is the place where we feel safest that may be the most dangerous to your pet’s health — your home.  Read more here…

A Pet Guide to Going ‘Green’

Maybe you’re driving a Toyota Prius that gets 40 MPG. Or maybe you’ve got solar panels on your roof, compact fluorescent light bulbs in your home, and an organic garden in your backyard. But that doesn’t mean you should stop exploring more ways to reduce your carbon footprint. And for the rest of us, it isn’t too late to start either. Going Green with your DogThere are plenty of things you can do as a pet owner to show your furry “little ones” that you care about the environment. After all, it’s their planet, too.  Read more here…

Acupuncture for Pets

Should you pursue acupuncture for your pet? This is a prickly question that should be answered by a veterinarian having been trained in traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM).  Read more here…

3 Alternative Veterinary Care Treatments to Consider

Pets, like people, can suffer from a variety of debilitating chronic, degenerative conditions. Treatment options, meanwhile, are sometimes limited—focusing on alleviating symptoms through the use of pet pain medication and other means.  But you may have other options—your veterinarian can recommend alternative therapeutic approaches to your pet’s health. Read more here…

Tips for Safely Biking With Your Dog

Have you ever taken your dog with you on a bike ride? Maybe you haven’t because you’re worried that your dog can’t keep up with you or that her leash will get caught in the wheels.  Biking with your dogBut, there are ways to include your dog safely. Here are a few basic safety tips for biking with a dog. Read more here…

 

Coprophagia and How it Relates to Digestive Enzyme Deficiency in Dogs

Dogs are known for their indiscriminate eating habits and will eat some unusual things. Some dogs have even been seen ingesting fecal material (their own or from other animals). The medical term for this act is coprophagia, and its underlying causes are numerous. In this article we will focus on coprophagia due to deficiencies in digestive enzymes.  Read more here…

Dancing with Your Dog

Maybe you have a dog that loves to move around the room with you when you dance to your favorite song, or even gets up on her hind legs to try to join you. Dancing with your DogIf you love to dance and you feel like you and your dog have the dexterity to choreograph your moves, you might have just found the perfect bonding activity.  Read more here…

Doga: Yoga for Dogs

We just love to take our dogs with us wherever we go. In the car, to the beach, for walks, a swim. And now, there’s something else you can do with your dog — Yoga!  Dubbed “Doga,” it seems this new craze is taking the nation by storm. There are books and DVDs and even classes to be had.  Read more here…

Enzyme Replacement Therapy for EPI

Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) is a condition in which an animal’s body can’t produce enough digestive enzymes to properly break down food. Because the food isn’t broken down, the animal is unable to absorb the nutrients, and it passes through the body undigested. This is why the disease is sometimes called maldigestion syndrome.  Read more here…

Exercising With Your Dog 101

Do you feel guilty that your pet doesn’t get enough time with you? It’s a situation that happens to most of us, but one that can be easily remedied. Giving your dog an opportunity to exercise with you every day can increase your bonding time and help to improve her quality of life.  Here are some reasons why you should exercise your dog daily, what can happen if you don’t, and helpful tips for starting an exercise plan with your pup.  Read more here…

Flyball: Bring More Fun to Your Life!

If you have a dog that is nuts for fetching a ball and has apparently unlimited stores of energy to spend on running, fetching and returning, flyball just may be the perfect competitive sport for you and your dog.  Read more here…

Herb ‘N’ Living: Growing a Home Garden for Your Pet

Whether you have a large yard space, a small four-foot by four-foot plot, or a windowsill, you can grow a healing garden for your cat or dog. Most of these plants are simple to grow and inexpensive to boot. Even better, many double as home remedies for you and your family.  Read more here…

Herbal Remedies for Dogs

Herbal remedies for dogs

 

Herbs. How boring would your Bolognese sauce be without them? Herbs have long been used to treat and prevent ailments in people, and apart from smelling good and adding an extra something to your cooking, certain herbs can help out your dog, too.  Read more here…

Hiking With Your Dog

Warm weather is a natural draw for getting out and enjoying the bounties of summer before the next cold arrives in the fall. And naturally, our dogs want to get out and enjoy the warm weather, too. But a day out in the sun is only fun when everyone is comfortable. Before heading out hiking with your dog, make sure you pack all the right supplies, for you and your pet, to be sure that the day ends as well as it begins.   Read more here…

How Ordinary Folks Deal with Pet Allergies

When Lynne and Mike Petersons’ two youngsters started begging them for a pet more than a few times a day, it was time to think about it seriously. The dilemma: Mike suffers from allergies to cats and dogs.  Read more here…

Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds

Allergy sufferers who are sensitive to dogs may know pet dander is the main culprit causing their allergic reaction. What’s more, recent studies point to pet dander present in dogs that may worsen hay fever allergy symptoms.  Read more here…

Keeping Dogs Fit in the Country

Living in the country has its benefits; at the top of the list for us is all the open space in which to run around. Life just feels, well, healthier and good health easier to maintain in the country. At the same time, we recognize that this very same benefit can be a drawback when it comes to keeping track of our pets. So if you live in the countryside, how do you keep an eye on your dog while allowing her to run to her heart’s content? Here are a few of our favorite options.  Read more here…

Keeping Your Pet Fit in the City

You may be worried that because you live in the city, your options for exercise activities with your dog are limited, but that is not the case. Granted, backyards and nearby parks are very convenient ways to get your daily exercise, but there are still lots of ways to stay active with your dog, even if you live in a high-rise building.dogs in the city And don’t forget that even with the convenience of a nearby park, there is rain, snow, and lots of other reasons for not wanting to go outdoors.  Read more here…

 

Lure Coursing: The Sport for Dogs that are Born to Chase

Coursing is an old sport, dating back to the nobles and other wealthy landowners who had wide hunting grounds to practice their sport on. Sighthounds were bred and used for sight tracking small game like hares, foxes, and pigs, as well as larger game like deer and antelope.  Read more here…

Pancreatic Acinar Atrophy and Digestive Enzyme Deficiency in Dogs

Is your dog losing weight even though he is eating every morsel of food available? Does he pass loose, foul-smelling stool? Then he may have a condition called exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). Animals with EPI are unable to produce enough digestive enzymes to properly digest food. Without these digestive enzymes, food passes through the digestive tract basically undigested — this starves the animal of nutrients essential for survival.  Read more here…

Parvo in Humans

Can People Get Parvo From Pets?
There are a number of diseases that are classified as zoonotic, a term that refers to a diseases’ capability to easily slip between species, infecting different species of animals, and even humans. Such has been the case with the most recent H1N1 virus, also commonly known as the swine flu, which has crossed from the porcine population to humans. It is now known to be capable of crossing over from humans to domestic pets as well.  Read more here…

Running and Staying Safe with Your Dog

Dogs and running almost go hand in hand. If you have an active dog that loves to run, this is a great opportunity for you to incorporate jogging or running into your exercise routine. Just as you take precautions and prepare for your own physical needs before you go out to exercise, you need to take into account all of the needs your dog might have, too.   Read more here…

Should Your Dog Join a Health Club?

doggie gyms, dog exerciseIf you are the typical full-time worker, you spend about 60 hours each week working, getting ready to work, and traveling to and from work. If you sleep a reasonable amount, there’s another 42-56 hours. That leaves roughly 52 hours to do everything else, including walking and exercising your dog (and yourself). Needless to say, it can be a challenge to make the time to stay physically fit, but with the rising numbers of canine and human obesity, it might be time to think seriously about joining a gym — a pet gym. Read more here…

Skijoring: A Combination of Cross Country Skiing and Dog Sledding

You had a great summer, with lots of activities that you and your dog were able to share, and fall was just a cooler extension of the fun. But now winter is beginning to blow its first frosty breaths, threatening to spoil the groove you and you dog have going.  Read more here…

Soluble Fiber for Dogs with EPI

Animals with pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) have a diminished ability to break down the foods that they eat and use the nutrients for survival. Because of this, dogs and cats diagnosed with EPI require a specialized diet, including soluble fibers, and enzyme replacement therapy for the rest of their lives.  Read more here…

Staying Safe While Walking with Your Dog at Night

Nighttime walks with your dog are fun — and necessary — but they can also be hazardous. Visibility is diminished, meaning that not only will you not see all of the obstacles and ground level hazards (e.g., sharp objects like rocks and glass), you will also not be as visible to motorists and other pedestrians, such as bikers and joggers, who may unintentionally invade your dog’s personal space. There are also the nighttime critters to take into account — the raccoons, the opossums, even the neighborhood cats that prowl at night, all can be distractions for your dog.  Read more here…

The Hype of Hypoallergenic Pets

hypoallergenic dogs, allergies in dogsAllergy sufferers dread spring, because to them spring means itchy eyes and runny noses from hay fever and pollen — the dreaded spring allergies. This is especially true for people who suffer from heightened allergic reactions due to asthma. In addition, recent studies have indicated that people suffering from hay fever may have worse allergic reactions if there are dogs in their environment. If you’re an allergy sufferer but want to adopt a pet, what choices do you have?  Read more here…

The Post-Workout Cool Down for Your Dog

Did you realize that just like you, your dog also needs to cool down after a run, hike, power walk, or game of fetch? Dogs that work or play hard need their owners to look out for them. Here are a few basic tips for a proper post-workout cooling down.   Read more here…

Veterinary Rehabilitation Services for Dogs and Cats

Physical therapy centers help people recover from traumatic injuries and life-saving surgeries, but did you know that the same service exists for dogs and cats?  In fact, veterinary rehabilitation therapy is a growing field in animal medicine, especially as pet owners become more educated on the similarities between human and animal physiology. Pet parents increasingly expect the same type of care for their pets as they do for themselves.  Read more here…

Treating Enzyme Deficiencies and Chronic Diarrhea in Dogs

dogs and diarrheaThere are many things that can cause diarrhea. Stress, indigestion or diseases which affect the intestinal tract, for instance, can all be contributing factors. Another serious condition that can lead to diarrhea is exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI).  Read more here…

Treating Flatulence with Dietary Supplements in Dogs

Often, the dog is blamed when foul smells “perfume” a room. But if your dog has the ability to clear a room with his frequent emissions, there may be something you can do to help make things a bit less “potent.”  Read more here…

Vitamin B12 Supplementation in Pets with EPI

Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin) Deficiency
Both dogs and cats with exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) are at risk of developing a vitamin deficiency at some point. Vitamin B12 (cobalamin) deficiency is extremely common in cats with EPI, and is seen in more than half of dogs with the condition. Because the body can store up the vitamin under normal conditions, it may take some time before it reaches a critically low point. The reason an animal becomes deficient is that vitamin B12 is not absorbed from the food eaten by animals suffering from EPI.  Read more here…

Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Dogs love to munch away on grass, and some even make it part of their daily routine. Fortunately, most experts believe it isn’t something you should worry about. So why exactly do they gobble up that green stuff in your yard?  Read more here…

You, Your Dog, and a Flying Disc

Flying discs and your dogSome dogs are just born to fly. You see them at the park, leaping high into the air to catch a flying disc, reveling in the pure joy of the perfect catch.
Flying disc games, commonly known as “Frisbee games” and “playing Frisbee,” after the popular trademarked Wham-O Frisbee toy, are popular sport, and in most cities across the country, flying disc enthusiasts will hold organized “disc dog” competitions with their dogs.  Read more here…