Category Archives: Health

Canine Thanksgiving Dinner

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I know, we all want to share a little of our Thanksgiving feasts with our dogs, especially because we may not have as many visitors in this virus-filled year. Just keep in mind there are some things on your table that may not be suitable for your dog.

The biggest problem may be herbs and seasonings. Garlic is a big no-no for your dog. Onions, too, can cause a problem. Grapes, raisins, avacadoes, and nuts are also on the no go list. And no chocolate or alcohol!

So, what can you feed your pup? Continue reading Canine Thanksgiving Dinner

Do Sled Dogs Need Lots of Carbs Before a Race?

When we humans prepare for a marathon, we eat lots of carbs in the days before the race to increase stored muscle energy. But sled dogs have much different metabolic needs. For them, fat content is far more important, with fats making up as much as 60 – 70% of their diets.

How do I know this? Because the Iditarod has launched a new Ask an Iditarod Vet feature, answering all your questions about sled dog health.

I know there are people who think these endurance-based sled dog races are cruel, but these athletic dogs love their jobs and are probably treated better than yours and mine. And it’s not just about racing; I heard today that some of Alaska’s ballots were delivered to their election boards by sled dog!

You can send questions for Iditarod veterinarians to Krystin at [email protected]

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Breast Cancer Awareness

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Want to know the best way to prevent mammary cancer in your dog? SPAY HER. Mammary cancers are extremely rare in dogs who have been spayed. So in addition to preventing unwanted litters, spaying could save your dog’s life.

It used to be that vets recommended spaying early, before the dog goes into heat, but current thinking is that the ovarian hormones are important in bone and joint development, so they recommend waiting until 8 – 12 months, as long as the dog is in a secure environment where pregnancy is unlikely.

Whether you spay early or later, the cancer protection is worth the cost of the surgery.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Saturday Survey: Drive-Thru Food

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As you may recall, National Coffee Day was this week, and we talked about how dangerous it is to give caffeine to a dog. Which doesn’t mean they can’t enjoy Starbucks with you; you just have to be smart about what you get for them.

Many of us take our dogs out for car rides, and car rides often include a stop at a drive-through. Do you indulge your dog when you’re there?

Do you buy your dog food from drive-throughs?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Happy National Coffee Day

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For many, that morning cup of coffee is an absolute necessity, so I hope you are enjoying a free cup today from one of the many retailers offering that perk.

However, please remember that caffeine is toxic to your dog. Even decaf can cause some stomach upset.

Although there are a few brands of “dog coffee”, they are really more of a collection of herbs that just look like coffee.

It’s much better to stick with the occasional “puppuccino” cup of whipped cream if you want your dog to enjoy your Starbucks with you.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Chewy Introduces Free Vet Chat

Vet ChatThe good folks at Chewy recognize that the pandemic has changed everything, including vet care. They’ve now introduced a feature allowing you to chat with a licensed veterinarian for free, right from home. To participate, you must be an autoship customer, which means you set up your pet’s food and other items to ship to you automatically on the schedule you choose. The service is available 8 AM – 8 PM, Monday through Friday, for dogs and cats residing in the following states: Connecticut, District Of Columbia, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, and West Virginia.

Once you are an autoship customer, simply sign into your Chewy.com account and navigate to the Connect With a Vet page to get started.

Chewy continues to amaze with excellent customer service, and this is just one more example. Kudos!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Carbon Footprints

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One need only look at the wildfires raging in the Western US or the storm activity in the Caribbean to know that climate change is real. We all know we have a carbon footprint we should be trying to shrink, but did you know your dog has one that can be reduced, too?

Sherry Listgarten, writing at PaloAltoOnline.com, lists ways in which we can reduce the carbon pawprint. Here’s what I see as the top three of her suggestions. Continue reading Carbon Footprints

Buddy: COVID’s First Canine Victim

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Buddy. Photo: Robert Mahoney and Allison Mahoney
From National Geographic: Buddy, the first US dog diagnosed with COVID19, has died. The sweet German Shepherd crossed the Rainbow Bridge on July 11th.

Vets say the dog likely had lymphoma, a kind of cancer, so it’s impossible to know precisely what took him, or if the cancer made him more susceptible to the virus, but the US Department of Agriculture has verified he was definitely COVID-positive, likely infected by a family member. Continue reading Buddy: COVID’s First Canine Victim

Brachycephalic Dogs and Heat

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I’m not sure who made this handy-dandy graphic, but it points out why you have to be careful with brachycephalic dogs in the high heat of summer. These are dogs who have smooshed in faces, like Pugs.

All dogs need a steady supply of fresh water and some shade to lay in during the summer, but these dogs need a little special care to prevent overheating.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!