Category: dog health care

The Changing Landscape of Pet Health Insurance

Flipping through the September 1st edition of Time Magazine, I came across a full-page ad featuring an attractive, 20 to 30 year old, blond haired woman planting a kiss on the jowl of a lovely looking Bernese Mountain… Read More

Eight Tips for Keeping Your Dog Free of Tick-Borne Diseases

Ticks are such annoying little creatures, but far more significant than the nuisance factor is their ability to spread disease. Ticks that embed in a dog’s skin can transmit a variety of serious and even life threatening infectious… Read More

Diskospondylitis in Dogs

Diskospondylitis refers to an infection within the back, specifically located within the disk and adjacent back bones (vertebrae). The disks are the cushiony structures located between adjacent vertebrae. When bacterial or fungal organisms manage to set up housekeeping… Read More

Ten Tips for Managing Your Senior Pet’s Medications

Has your tabby transitioned into his teens? Is the hair on your retriever’s muzzle now a lovely shade of gray? If so, it’s likely that some medical issues have accompanied your pet’s aging process. Examples include: Osteoarthritis Heart… Read More

When is Panting Abnormal?

When we observe a dog who is panting, we tend to take it for granted because this behavior is so darned normal. But, is it always normal? While most panting occurs as a means of counteracting overheating (the… Read More

Long-Term Use of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Medication for Treatment of Canine Arthritis

Just like people, many dogs develop age-related arthritis. Symptoms are far more common in larger breeds. Not only are the big dogs more predisposed to arthritis, their joint pain is intensified because of the extra weight they carry…. Read More

Were You Smarter Than a Vet Student About Canine Heatstroke?

Thanks to all of you who tested your knowledge about heatstroke in dogs. Below you will find the answers you’ve been waiting for! Kathleen, one of my regular readers, told me that four San Quentin inmates who participate… Read More

Are You Smarter Than a Vet Student About Canine Heatstroke?

Time once again for the ageless classic, “Are You Smarter Than A Vet Student?” Given the summer season, I’m providing you with the opportunity to test your knowledge about heatstroke. You know what to do. Read the questions… Read More

Service Dog Goes Above and Beyond the Call of Duty

An eight-year-old Golden Retriever named Figo (pronounced “FEE-go”) is my new hero. Figo is a devoted service dog and he recently demonstrated his devotion by putting his life on the line for his human companion Audrey Stone who… Read More

Five Reasons to Consider Fish Oil Supplementation for Your Dog

Fish oil is certainly a popular supplement these days for health conscious people. There are many proven benefits, and we now know that many of these same benefits also apply to our canine companions. What is fish oil?… Read More