Month: April 2010

  • JAVMA Reports on Benefits and Dangers of Canine Joint Supplements

    Without displaying any awareness of irony, the March 1, 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) published two slightly contradictory...

  • Guest Blogger: Cheryl S. Smith, on Dog-Friendly Gardens

    Dogster, dogster, how does your garden grow? If you're like many dog owners, it might not grow at all, thanks to a certain furry best...

  • Dog Teeth Cleaning: Vet vs. Home Treatment

    The problem with tooth cleaning for a dog, even a tolerant one, is that without anesthesia the dog would have have his mouth open for a very long time. Think about when you get your teeth cleaned at the dentist’s office. It’s tough for us to keep our mouths open patiently for 15 or 20 …

  • A Canine Cancer Treatment That Works

    I was told three weeks ago that my 5-year-old male Boxer has lymphoma, and I chose to go with the chemotherapy treatments. So far it has been good. My vet started him out with 20mg of Prednisone. The chemo being administered is called the Wisconsin Madison protocol. So far no side effects and we’re told …

  • Your Options with Canine Terminal Cancer

    I’d weigh the odds of the treatment working with his quality of life. If your dog is still happy and hearty, then I’d go ahead with the treatment and hope for the best, keeping in mind the possibility that somewhere down the road, I’d have to keep weighing the quality of life issue.

  • Lost Dog: What You Should Do

    When a dog is lost, the most important thing to remember is to act immediately. Even a short delay may hamper your efforts to find your lost dog. And while microchipping your dog may have given you a sense of security about recovering your dog in the...

  • Dog De-Shedding Tools

    Densely furred cats and dogs have combination coats made up of longer, coarser top fur and softer, finer inner fur that creates a warm air-trapping blanket for the skin in cold weather. It is the pet's undercoat that tends to tangle, mat and clump as...

  • Tips for Finding Dog-Friendly Businesses

    Shopping with dogs, working with dogs and traveling with dogs present special problems as you try to negotiate retail and business activities with your dog in tow. But for those of us who want our pups to accompany us while we complete everyday...

  • Tips for Finding a Dog-Friendly Hotel

    It's not all that hard to find dog-friendly lodging world-wide these days, but all dog-owning travelers do still need to check, in preparation for any trip, if dog will be welcome to avoid bad surprises at the hotel check-in. The AAA has a...

  • Dog Health Insurance: Things to Look for

    Pet health insurance for dogs is still somewhat of a novelty, as only a small minority of dog owners currently invests in these policies. As the market slowly grows, however, it's gotten more competitive, with more and more companies offering pet...

  • The Importance of Dog Nutrition

    What is a healthy dog diet? With the wide variety of options on the market, this question can be difficult to answer. Nutrition is a critical component in dog wellness and behavior, and what you choose to feed your dog is not a decision that should...

  • The Importance of Having a Dog First Aid Kit

    By definition, pet emergencies are critical health crises which require immediate medical intervention. Creating an emergency first aid kit is recommended for all pet parents and may buy your pet critical time until veterinary care can be sought...

  • Hero Update: Train Operator Will Keep “The Little Guy” :)

    So a feel-good story is now a feel-great one! Those of you who check in regularly will remember the story of Fred Krause, the Utah...

  • Heartworm Symptoms in Dogs

    Heartworm disease in dogs is variously treatable. While both cats and dogs are subject to heartworm, the illnesses and treatments are different for each. It is important to know the symptoms, causes and areas at risk and to be prudent in heartworm...

  • My Dog Died: Support When Your Dog Passes Away

    The grief you're likely to feel after the loss of a pet can often be overwhelming. After all, your dog or cat was probably a huge part of your life for a decade or more. There was once a deep bond, but now there is emptiness and you feel alone...

  • Dog Microchips and Identification

    It's one of the worst things imaginable: losing a pet. It can make pet owners feel so helpless. The statistics are high and state that one in three pets will get lost. And consider that 90 percent of those that aren't identified won't be...

  • How Should I Choose a Vet?

    Most people like to choose a vet or pet clinic that is close to their home. Not only does this make it more convenient, but it is also important to have a vet or animal hospital nearby should your pet experience a medical emergency. Most cats don't...

  • How Can I Prepare for My Dog’s Well-Being if I Pass Away?

    Pet ownership involves many responsibilities: shelter, health care, nutrition, exercise, and insuring they're taken care if you go away. But what about their care if you pass away for good, leaving them behind with, perhaps, many good years left...

  • Heartworm Prevention for Dogs

    Heartworm disease is transmitted to dogs and cats by a bite from a mosquito carrying the microscopic heartworm larvae. Heartworms are a parasite known as dirofilaria immitis. They have the appearance of thin spaghetti when they reach adulthood. In...

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