(Picture Credit: svetikd/Getty Images) March 1st, 2020 kicks off Professional Pet Sitters Week! It’s a perfect time to say thanks to the wonderful people who care for your pooches while you’re away. As a professional dog sitter, I met and fell in love with plenty of the dogs I cared for. The job can get tough,
(Picture Credit: Rodrusoleg/Getty Images) February is National Pet Dental Health Month, and it’s important because poor oral health is one of the most common problems vets see in their patients. Taking care of our dogs’ oral health is necessary for all pet parents, not just for fight uninviting breath, but also because dental diseases can be
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Neutering is a simple surgical procedure that sterilizes a male dog so he’s incapable of parenting puppies. “The big snip,” as some people call it, provides many benefits beyond making sure dogs don’t become puppy daddies. Neutering can cut the risk of certain diseases, unwanted behaviors, and conflicts with other dogs.
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Periodontal disease in dogs is an inflammation or infection that causes weakening or loss of support structures of the teeth. Gum disease is one of the most common medical problems dogs have. Over 80 percent of dogs show early stages of gum disease by the time they’re three years old. Periodontal
(Picture Credit: Liliboas/Getty Images) A spay surgery prevents female dogs from getting pregnant by removing both the ovaries and the uterus. Some people refer to it as getting your dog “fixed.” It’s not as simple as the neuter surgery the guy dogs get–in fact, it’s major surgery–but your darling girl will only be affected for
(Picture Credit: Hillary Kladke/Getty Images) Hydrotherapy, or water cure, for dogs is a form of occupational or physiotherapy that uses water resistance to rehabilitate injuries and relieve pain. From Greek roots, the word hydrotherapy means “water healing.” But does this type of therapy have benefits for dogs? In fact, there are many benefits of hydrotherapy
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Acupuncture is a therapeutic process during which a practitioner inserts fine needles into your dog’s body to help control pain and cure chronic ailments. It’s a very old practice in humans and in animals; something very much like acupuncture was practiced in India more than 7,000 years ago, and there is
(Picture Credit: Vladimir Weiss/Getty Images) August 17th is International Homeless Animals’ Day. The official slogan for the event is “Become part of the solution,” and there are plenty of ways to do so! The International Society for Animal Rights (ISAR) established International Homeless Animals’ Day in 1992, and it falls on the third Saturday in August ever
(Picture Credit: Cedar Creek Productions) A new documentary film called The Dog Doc (2019) recently premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. I had the chance to see the movie and, as a pet parent, it absolutely blew me away. All dog parents MUST SEE this film! If you are an animal lover of any kind, I
(Image Credit: Beth Meadows) We here at DogTime were given the opportunity to review Lucky Dog: How Being a Veterinarian Saved My Life by veterinary oncologist Dr. Sarah Boston. As a lover of books and all things dog, I was fortunate to be able to read this book. Originally published back in 2014 by Anansi Press, it
(Picture Credit: Taboino School/EyeEm/Getty Images) Most families live with chemical pollutants in their homes, sometimes without even realizing it. Hazardous chemicals can be found in so many of the products that we use every day. Most of the time, we don’t directly feel the effects of these chemicals and go unaware of the risks they
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) February is National Pet Dental Health Month! Unfortunately, many pet parents never look inside their dogs’ mouths. That’s a shame because up to 80% of adult dogs have significant oral pathology. A dog’s mouth is the ideal incubator for all kinds of bacteria to thrive, partly because the mouth is warm and
(Picture Credit: Debra Bardowicks/Getty Images) Nothing uplifts our moods than our dogs kissing us to make us feel better. However, when the kiss comes with a stinky puff of doggy breath, it becomes harder to enjoy. Dental diseases affect the majority of adult dogs, and these diseases can really contribute to your pup’s halitosis. Regular
(Picture Credit: JoeChristensen/Getty Images) These days, most pet owners consider spaying and neutering to be the norm for dogs. That’s a good thing. Thanks to education and advancements in spaying and neutering procedures–along with help from the No Kill Movement–the rate of dogs euthanized in shelters due to overpopulation fell by 90 percent over the
(Picture Credit: DenGuy/Getty Images) Medicine has progressed for our canine friends, and many pet parents want safe, modern, alternative options to take care of their dogs. New high-tech solutions like light therapy can address many debilitating and uncomfortable conditions, like arthritis and skin infections. But what is light therapy for dogs? What does it do?
(Picture Credit: jkitan/Getty Images) Dental disease is more than just a cosmetic issue. When your feline friend or canine companion has red gums, yellow teeth, and stinky breath, it could be a sign of serious oral disease that could, if left untreated, lead to devastating affects on your pet’s quality of life. Neglecting your pet’s
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) DogSpeak is a series that translates canine behaviors so that we, as pet parents, can better understand and communicate with our dogs. Aggression can be challenging for dog lovers to understand, and there are many reasons a dog might engage in aggressive behaviors. There are very few dogs who are prone
(Picture Credit: Oxyfresh) I have three animals–two dogs and a cat–and they all enjoy giving kisses to their human friends right on the face. My dogs are Chihuahua mixes, and this small breed is notorious for bad breath. When I got the chance to test out Oxyfresh Pet Dental Gel, an oral gel that promised
Worth the wait: A Poodle-Yorkie mix puppy named Curly Sue. I work at an animal shelter, so when my sister-in-law, Lana, called me with the announcement she was getting a dog, I was thrilled to begin matchmaking. But then she dropped a bomb — they had already found a Maltese–Yorkie mix for sale in Missouri.
Dr. Mahaney and his Welsh Terrier, Cardiff When my dog, Cardiff, first got sick, I didn’t anticipate that he was afflicted with one of the most severe, often fatal, illness seen in veterinary practice. Yes, my dog has Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) and survived three hemolytic episodes in his five years of life. Unfortunately,
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Leukemia in dogs is a form of cancer that results in an increased white blood cell count in the blood stream and bone marrow. It can be acute or chronic with the acute form being more malignant. There are two main types of canine leukemia. Lymphocytic leukemia is caused by cancerous
Most dogs like a little alone time now and then. However, some dogs are extremely people-oriented and will act out when they are left alone. This is called separation anxiety. Dogs with this affliction will show it within 20-45 minutes after you leave. Typical behaviors are: Digging, gnawing, and scratching at doors and windows inside,
According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), there are approximately 3,500 animal rescue shelters in operation in the United States today. These facilities and the hardworking staff and devoted volunteers who work for them serve anywhere between 6 and 8 million animals every year, providing housing, food, medical attention, and perhaps most
Question: My rescue pup is extremely shy — can Reiki help? Answer: What a very good question–the answer is yes! Why? Because Reiki is a healing energy. What your rescue pup would need is called a mental healing. Rescue dogs have many issues. Many of them have been neglected or abused. They also have anxiety.
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) Basal cell carcinomas and tumors are the most common forms of skin cancer found in dogs. Most basal cell tumors in dogs are benign, though they can become malignant. Malignant tumors are referred to as “carcinomas”. When they are caught early, most basal cell carcinomas can be treated without further complications, usually
Question: How can I stop my puppy from chewing everything in sight? Answer: Puppies, like babies, tend to explore the environment by putting things in their mouths. The problem, of course, is that not everything a pup finds lying around is appropriate to chew, and many things can be downright dangerous. Just as with a
The Dachshund’s short legs and unique body shape makes him an ideal digger and hunter of tunneling prey. Anyone who has ever witnessed a dog digging a hole in the ground has no doubt been amazed (and envious) at the speed and skill exhibited by their canine friend. They make it look easy, and they
Now that you have an idea as to Cardiff’s IMHA history and clinical signs from my last article (see Using Integrative Veterinary Medicine to Treat Illness Affecting My Dog- Part 1), let’s discuss the integrative (combination of Western and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine) treatment I use to manage his illness. Cardiff’s therapy includes blood transfusion,
(Picture Credit: Getty Images) A squamous cell carcinoma is a malignant tumor in the epidermal layer of a dog’s skin. It often appears as a mass of white skin or a raised lump that can be directly on a dog’s skin, in the nail beds of the toes, or in the mouth. The mass may begin bleeding
Doggie daycare can be a great option for pups who might otherwise spend the day alone. This editorial courtesy of Dr. Vivian Cardoso-Carroll, PetMD.com. My friend Jason Mayfield owns a pet boarding facility in the Houston area called the Bed Bath and Biscuit. He also trains dogs, zebras and apparently a slew of other exotic