Dealing with CCL Knee Injuries in Dogs

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Dealing With CCL Knee Injuries

Unfortunately, what I’ve been worrying about for years has happened. Haley recently ruptured her CCL. If you don’t know what the CCL is, it’s the cranial cruciate ligament, equivalent to the ACL in our human knees. Her knee problems started about three years ago when she stretched the ligament. Even though it tightened up after a few weeks of limited … Read More

The Psychology of Giving Your Dog a Pill

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The Psychology of Giving Your Dog a Pill

Do you have trouble giving your dog a pill? Unless it’s one of the chewable, beef-flavored pills, a lot of dogs will separate the tasty food from the pill with Houdini-like skill, swallow the food and eject the pill onto the floor. And, good luck trying to fool your dog a second time, right? If you’re like me, you’ve probably … Read More

Our Success with Adequan for Arthritis

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Our Success With Adequan for Arthritis

I’m so excited to share this post with you! You see, I’ve been a little worried about Haley for the past year. She’s always been a very energetic and athletic dog but after recovering from a stretched CCL (similar to a human’s ACL) two years ago, she hasn’t been quite the same. Her CCL healed and tightened back up, but … Read More

Do Dogs Need Sweaters in the Winter?

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Do Dogs Need Sweaters in the Winter?

Are dog sweaters and jackets fashion statements or necessities? Some people think dogs are perfectly equipped by nature to adapt to colder temperatures in the winter but others think their pups need some extra protection from the cold so they dress their dogs in stylish coats or sweaters before heading outdoors. So, who’s right? Well, they both are. Here’s why … Read More

Are Christmas Trees Harmful to Dogs?

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Are Christmas Trees Harmful to Dogs?

Haley’s gone Christmas tree shopping with us every year since she was born. When we bring the tree back home, she waits to grab one of the trimmed branches from the bottom of the tree then prances around the yard like a reindeer with her evergreen trophy before settling down to chew on the branch for a few minutes. It … Read More

Doing Your Part to Make Vet Visits Productive

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Doing Your Part to Make Vet Visits Productive

Have you ever been disappointed after taking your dog to the vet? Maybe you felt like you didn’t get the level of care you expected or you were confused about a diagnosis or treatment plan. Maybe your concerns weren’t fully acknowledged or addressed. A few months ago I wrote 10 Ways to Find a Good Vet for Your Dog but … Read More

Can You Meditate With Your Dog?

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Can You Meditate With Your Dog?

We’ve all heard about the benefits of meditation and how it can have a positive and sometimes profound effect on your physical and emotional health. Lately I’ve been seeing a lot of articles and books on topics like doga (yoga with dogs), Reiki and yes, even meditating with your dog. Hmm, can you really meditate with your dog? I learned … Read More

10 Ways to Find a Good Vet for Your Dog

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10 Ways to Find a Good Vet for Your Dog

Whether you just adopted a new dog, moved to a new area or are unhappy with your current vet, I’ve got some valuable tips to help you find a good vet for your dog. A few years ago, I was in the awkward position of having to switch to a new vet. I liked the personality and caring nature of … Read More

7 Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs

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7 Benefits of Pumpkin for Dogs

Yay! The official start of the fall season is less than a week away and I’m ready to celebrate its arrival! The temperatures are slowly dropping, all the kids are back in school and I saw the first pumpkins for sale last week. I know it’s a little early, but I just had to buy a few. It’s almost time … Read More

How to Get Rid of Your Dog’s Bad Breath

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How to Get Rid of Your Dog's Bad Breath

Yesterday I posted What Causes Your Dog’s Bad Breath? Now, you’re probably wondering what you can do about it, right? I won’t keep you in suspense any longer, here’s what you need to know about how to get rid of your dog’s bad breath. If your dog has persistent bad breath, you should first see your vet to determine the … Read More