Grain Free: Not all it’s cracked up to be

July 25, 2018

Dachshund Sneaking Up On Bowl Of FoodHave you switched to a grain-free dog food, assuming that it must be better for your dog? You might want to think again, as veterinary cardiologists are now studying the link between grain-free foods and dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). [Read more]

Dangers of a Lion Cut

July 10, 2018

Lion cutsHere’s why you should never shave your dog to help him or her beat the heat.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Heatstroke Symptoms

July 2, 2018

heatstrokeI am a member of several pet-focused groups on Facebook, and I’ve been amazed at the number of people who post they don’t have air conditioning and are worried about their pets in the heat. I know I’ve been blessed, and I don’t think I could survive without my A/C when it’s as hot as it has been lately (over 90-degrees for about 10 days, here in Ohio).

The attached infographic from Dr. Belinda The Vet shows five symptoms of heatstroke. If you see your dog exhibiting these symptoms, what should you do? [Read more]

Can Dogs Get Heatstroke?

June 21, 2018

Fun in the sunHappy first day of summer! Seems like a great time to remind all of us to keep our dogs cool when the temperatures go up. Because, yes, they can get heatstroke. Here’s a nifty graphic from the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation. Click on it to view it full-size.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Happy World Vet Day!

April 28, 2018

Doctor Veterinarian At ClinicHuge shout-out to those who have dedicated their lives to making life better for our furry (and feathered and scaly) friends. Especially those of you committed to keeping your prices low or offering low-cost spay/neuter clinics to those of us who have more animals than money or sense! (Says the lady with five cats, a dog, and heading out this afternoon to pick up three orphan kittens for bottle-feeding.)

PS – Animal Planet is running marathons of all of their vet shows today, if you’re a fan like I am!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

It’s Monday – Time to Start a New Fitness Routine

April 16, 2018

This seems to be about right for me, too!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Chicago Honors K-9 Force

February 25, 2018

Chicago

Chicago police officer and artist Peter Bucks stands behind the police dog art piece he created during a press conference Jan. 24, 2017. (Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune)

Will you be anywhere near The Windy City this summer? The Chicago Tribune reports The Chicago Police Memorial Foundation is backing a public art initiative called K-9s for Cops to bring 200 German shepherd statues to the Magnificent Mile and other locations from July 23rd to Labor Day.

The 54-inch statues will be made of fiberglass, designed and painted by local artists in collaboration with sponsors. After Labor Day, the statues will be auctioned off to benefit both the memorial foundation and PAWS Chicago, where the money will be used for a spay / neuter initiative. A similar project featuring Horses of Honor several years ago netted $480,000.

Can’t wait to see it!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

DOG FOOD RECALL: Gravy Train®, Kibbles ‘N Bits®, Ol’ Roy®, and Skippy® Canned Wet Dog Food

February 18, 2018

KibblesFrom the JM Smucker company: The J.M. Smucker Company has initiated a voluntary product withdrawal of specific shipments of Gravy Train®, Kibbles ‘N Bits®, Ol’ Roy®, and Skippy® canned/wet dog food because they do not meet its quality specifications due to the presence of extremely low levels of pentobarbital. [Read more]

Dog Yoga

February 6, 2018

Dog YogaGood advice. When you leave your dog’s waste out, it can sink into the sewer system, putting a strain on wastewater treatment facilities. Not something you really want to think about, right? [Read more]

Canine Flu Outbreaks

January 30, 2018

rp_sick-dog-232x350.jpgAccording to Dr. Jerry Klein, Chief Veterinary Officer of AKC, they are starting to get reports of canine influenza outbreaks in some areas of the country.

Symptoms to watch for: [Read more]

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