Month: April 2010

  • The Average Cost of Pet Insurance

    Depending on what you want covered, the plans range from $13-$30 a month. I took the $20 plan because it included a lot of tests, dental cleaning, etc. The only time I really have to pay for anything is when my dog has a health problem which would then require me to buy the dog’s …

  • How do you teach a puppy not to beg for human food?

    How can you teach a puppy to leave a human alone when the person is eating?

  • Are yearly dog vaccinations really necessary?

    My dog has had two allergic reactions to vaccinations. Are yearly vaccinations really necessary? Can I apply for immunity? Is there anything else that can be given to avoid an allergic reaction?

  • Where to Find Complaints About Pet Insurance Companies

    I would suggest you do a Google search for pet insurance complaints… Recently on Dogster Answers there was a bunch of questions about one of the pet insurance companies; I Googled it and I was amazed at the number of complaints against one major company!

  • A Reputable Pet Insurance Provider

    I signed up with VPI when we first got my dog. This was my first experience with pet insurance and its been quite positive. Much easier than human health insurance! The plan I have is about $30 a month, but they pretty much pay for every visit, medication (including flea and tick meds, if needed) …

  • You May Have to Retrain a Senior Dog

    Yes, this is something you can expect with a senior dog. My dog had the same problem. First, you should take the dog to the vet to make sure it isn’t a medical problem. My dog had a problem with leaking urine and the vet gave her a pill to take to improve that. I …

  • Helping a Senior Dog with Bathroom Problems

    I would take the dog to the vet to make sure something isn’t going on that has a medical reason, first. It is true that older dogs have a harder time holding it. I would request a physical, including blood work to make sure that he’s okay. If the vet doesn’t find any explanation for …

  • Choosing the Best Microchip

    My dog had an Avid chip that migrated into his shoulder. We found it after he got a ResQ chip at our shelter. My other dogs alsp have a ResQ Chip because it is what our shelter and animal control uses. I wanted to make sure that they would be able to easily read the …

  • Cooking for Your Dog

    I have five dogs and I cook for all of them. I know what goes into the food that I make for them. I go to a local butcher who gives me a GREAT deal on chicken and I only purchase organic veggies from local venders. I also really enjoy cooking for them. They are …

  • Finding the Best Food for Senior Dogs

    For all dogs, but for older dogs especially, good food is absolutely necessary. Look at the ingredients in your dog food; if corn is anywhere in the top 5 (and really, it shouldn’t be present at all), you are not buying a quality dog food. If you have a feed store in your area, check …

  • Tips on Grooming Your Dog

    I am a groomer and I only use OSTER TURBO 2 speed clippers. You will need multiple blades specific to your dog’s fur. Purchase a grooming book or buy a video. You must be very careful in the hind leg area. You must pull the skin back lightly so no to catch it. Rule number …

  • Controlling a Dog’s Thick Coat

    Ask local groomers about a de-shedding treatment. Petsmart’s Furminator treatment works great. It uses a de-shed shampoo, Furminator brand solution/conditioner that loosens up the undercoat and a good blow out with a velocity dryer (no heat, just air) and more brushing time. I use it on my Golden mix, who is shedding pretty bad right …

  • Helping a Dog with Dry Skin

    My dog used to have really dry skin and clog up the bathtub every time he got a bath because of the shedding. I switched him to a food with 3.5% Linoleic acid – a fancy word for omega 6 – that is proven to guarantee improved skin & coat. It takes about 8 weeks …

  • Keeping Senior Dogs Safe at Home

    Up and down stairs at a controlled rate is a terrific muscle strengthener and strong muscles really help seniors stay active. Make sure each leg is used. If you have stairs at home I would seriously consider gates at the top and bottom so she was supervised on them. You might try using something as …

  • How to Help a Shedding Dog

    You can buy shampoo that will help slow down shedding … but right after a bath your dog will shed a lot so brush him really good.

  • Anesthesia for a Senior Dog

    Just last week we put a dog under anesthesia who was 19 years old. He did great. With the proper testing and monitoring, our newer anesthetics have become much safer than before. I would request that pre-anesthetic bloodwork is done. I would make sure to include a urine sample with the lab work performed. Many …

  • Deciding Whether or Not to Neuter a Senior Dog

    I know there is a rescue in my state that alters elderly rescued dogs on a regular basis and they haven’t had a whole lot of problems with it. If the blood work came back good and he has been under for other things around this age with no problems, I say go for it.

  • On Neutering an Older Dog

    I had an older dog neutered once to shrink an enlarged prostate, at the advice of the vet. He recovered fine and didn’t seem to notice that anything was missing. His behavior didn’t change at all. He occasionally got into humping fits with his toys before he got neutered, and he continued to do so …

  • FDA Comes Out Against Feeding Dogs Bones

    Giving dogs bones is commonplace to the point of being clich. I have known many dogs that gnawed on bones their whole lives without incident....

  • Update: Courage Continues Miraculous Recovery

    We have an uplifting update on Courage, the dog whose will to live beat out five weeks without water or food (not counting the dirt...

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