Health

Jack Loses a Toe

Jack Loses a Toe

Jack has lost a toe…no it hasn’t been misplaced, it’s been amputated.     Our story begins a few months ago when we started taking Jack to a dog gym/vet who offered water treadmill therapy. His hind end has been getting weaker and our regular vet suggested some additional... »

Can My Dog Get Cavities?

Can My Dog Get Cavities?

You never used to hear too much about dogs getting cavities. That’s because dogs don’t normally eat the sugary sweets that cause dental caries. But, recently vets report an uptick in cavities in dogs – mainly because people are feeding them more human foods – and not all of t... »

Dog Food Labels Suck- Part 2

Dog Food Labels Suck- Part 2

In our last post, we discussed the problems with using the feeding instructions on dog food labels.  Following these can easily result in  over-feeding.   Today we will examine the monetary cost of overfeeding your dog. We will use the example that we used in Part 1 of this series.  We had a 60 lb. ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skin Problems

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skin Problems

Skin problems are pretty common in dogs. They can range from a simple itch related to a bite to more serious diseases such as mange or melanoma.   Some of our dogs have had sensitive skin and have frequent “hot spots” (Jack). My dog Max had mange that resulted in her scratching up h... »

Why Dog Food Labels Suck – Part 1

Why Dog Food Labels Suck – Part 1

I often wonder why we have such a massive canine/pet obesity problem in this country. Is it because we don’t care about the health and well being of our dogs and would prefer that they live shorter lives?  I don’t think so (MV notwithstanding)! Is it because we don’t care about the... »

Maggie Health Update

Maggie Health Update

It’s been almost a year since Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in her left shoulder. She’s been through a lot of treatment and has been a model patient throughout. Read about Maggie’s treatment Part I and Part II.     Maggie has just turned twelve and amazingly, she... »

Beware of Foxtails

Beware of Foxtails

A few years ago I wrote about the dangers of foxtails. I told a story about when foxtails actually benefited us as it allowed us to catch the two strays we’d been after for a few days. One of them (Bernie) had a foxtail between his toes that had festered and swollen his paw so large he couldn&... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Rabies Part 2

SlimDoggy Health Check: Rabies Part 2

In the second part of our SlimDoggy Health Check series on Rabies, we are going to take a look at canine rabies, it’s symptoms and treatment. As we explained in Part 1, rabies is carried in the saliva of an infected animal. A bite or scratch from an infected animal could easily transfer the vi... »

Canine Osteosarcoma

Canine Osteosarcoma

We recently received this Infographic created by Orvis in partnership with the Morris Animal Foundation. Given our Maggie’s diagnosis and our interest in this topic, I thought it appropriate to share with our readers. We were particularly heartened to read that Morris Animal Foundation has com... »

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 4: Laser Therapy

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 4: Laser Therapy

Laser therapy burst onto the human physical therapy (PT) scene over the past ten years.  Laser machines, once novel equipment, began to appear in virtually all PT clinics.  I know this from first-hand experience.  Back in 2007, I made the 80-mile round-trip to a sports doctor to get laser treatment ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Rabies Part 1

SlimDoggy Health Check: Rabies Part 1

Rabies is a serious and deadly virus that attacks the nervous system of an infected animal causing brain disease and eventually death. Rabies is typically transmitted through a bite from a rabid animal and is most commonly found in raccoons, skunks, bats and foxes. Dogs are a common carrier, but glo... »

Dear Labby: Why is my Dog Licking?

Dear Labby: Why is my Dog Licking?

Dear Labby,   My 10-year old Cocker Spaniel has started licking their elbow joint all the time. I checked to see if there was a cut or a tick or something irritating him, but I don’t see anything. What’s up with this licking behavior?   Worried Mom     Dear Mom, Good ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Epilepsy

SlimDoggy Health Check: Epilepsy

We’ve been focused on the Nervous System recently in our SlimDoggy Health Check Series. This includes the spinal cord and the brain. One of the more common brain related disorders that our dogs get is epilepsy. I feel fortunate that none of my dogs have ever suffered from this disorder (knock ... »

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 1

Physical Rehabilitation for Dogs Part 1

I recently had a minor sports related injury to my c-spine (i.e. neck) and have started a physical therapy program.  It is interesting to observe the therapists in action on all of the patients, and the range of modalities that are used to heal the injuries and prevent re occurrence.  Interestingly,... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nervous System | Brain

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nervous System | Brain

We continue our SlimDoggy Health Check look at the Nervous System today by looking at brain disorders. A dog’s brain is divided into three parts: brain stem, cerbellum and cerebrum. The brain stem controls basic life functions, the cerebrum controls decision making functions and cerebellum is ... »

DOGA – Yoga for Dogs?

DOGA – Yoga for Dogs?

We’ve all seen some of those funny YouTube videos showing a dog doing some basic yoga poses. Heck, a couple of our favorite yoga poses are named after stretches that dogs do. We are all probably familiar with yoga and the benefits it can bring your health and well being. I have practiced Bikra... »

It’s All Fun & Games, Until Someone Ends Up in a Cone

It’s All Fun & Games, Until Someone Ends Up in a Cone

We’ve all seen the internet memes about the “cone of shame” and the poor dogs who have to suffer through the wearing of them. We’ve probably even had a few dogs who had to wear them at one time or another.     Poor dogs, what’s the point of these stupid things... »

SlimDoggy Health Check Series

SlimDoggy Health Check Series

Just over a year ago we started a new ongoing series at SlimDoggy called SlimDoggy Health Check. The purpose of the series was to examine the wide variety of diseases and ailments that might afflict our beloved dogs and provide our readers with a brief look at the symptoms, treatments and prognosis ... »

Crufts Controversy and Tools to Ensure Your Dog’s Health and Soundness

Crufts Controversy and Tools to Ensure Your Dog’s Health and Soundness

Most of you have probably seen the outcry this past week regarding the poor conformation of the German Shepherd Dog that won Best of Breed in the recent Crufts Dog show in the United Kingdom. If you haven’t, you can read about it here (Crufts plunged into cruelty row over ‘deformed’... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nervous System | Spinal Column

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nervous System | Spinal Column

The canine nervous system is comprised of the central nervous system (CNS) made up of the brain and the spinal cord and the peripheral nervous system, the nerves that run from the brain and spinal cord throughout the dog’s body. These peripheral nerves carry the signals from the brain to comma... »

Pet Dental Health Month

Pet Dental Health Month

We are almost at the end of the month, but we wanted to mention that February is Pet Dental Health Month. Awareness of pet dental health has become a hot topic in recent years – much more so than in the past. Folks used to think that giving your dog a nice bone to chew on every once in awhile ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nose

SlimDoggy Health Check: Nose

We’ve covered the eyes and the ears, so naturally next up is the nose. At first I was uncertain about what types of diseases or problems dogs might have with their nose. We previously wrote about a dog’s wet nose and whether it was a sign of health – which of course is a myth, but ... »

Westminster Redux

Westminster Redux

It’s that time of year again – the 140th Westminster Dog Show begins today – or at least the televised version. We have always followed Westminster since I was a kid and my grandfather raised collies. None of them went to Westminster, but Papa was quite proud of his beautiful dogs.... »

Saving on Pet Medication Costs

Saving on Pet Medication Costs

Between Maggie’s cancer diagnosis and Jack’s recent bout of pancreatitis, we’ve been spending a ton of money not only on vet visits, but on medications. We are so grateful that our pet insurance plan from Healthy Paws has covered 90% of both Jack and Maggie’s treatment. It co... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pancreatitis Part 2

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pancreatitis Part 2

Last week Jack got diagnosed with Pancreatitis. He’s been on anti-nausea medicine and a bland diet since then and is doing much better. We wrote about Jack and some initial information about pancreatitis and today we want to follow up with more details on the causes, treatment and prevention. ... »

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

We have probably all heard the phrase “Let sleeping dogs lie”. Wikitionary defines it as meaning: To leave things as they are; especially, to avoid restarting or rekindling an old argument; to leave disagreements in the past.   I think that is sound advice to be followed in many sit... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pancreatitis Part 1

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pancreatitis Part 1

Jack has been diagnosed with Pancreatitis. Never a dull moment around the SlimDoggy household. We’ve never had a dog with pancreatitis before, we’ve only dealt with Jack’s IBS which is actually pretty mild, so this is all new to us.   It started Sunday night about 8pm – ... »

Maggie Update

Maggie Update

Folks have been asking how our Maggie is doing, so I thought I’d provide a brief update. Maggie is almost 6 months out from her osteosarcoma diagnosis. She has been through the advanced Sterotactic Radiation treatment and six rounds of chemo which included an infusion of Pamidronate, a bone st... »

Dear Labby: Why did my dog growl?

Dear Labby: Why did my dog growl?

Dear Labby,   We recently rescued a dog from our local shelter. He’s a good boy and is getting used to our home and lifestyle quickly. One behavior that has bothered me is he sometimes growls at people when we are out together. It’s not all the time, just sometimes and it’s ju... »

Why do dogs have such short lifespans?

Why do dogs have such short lifespans?

We talk a lot about improving your dog’s life span by making sure he is healthy and fit through exercise and proper nutrition. Many of us do what we can to help them live longer by following these guidelines. But if dog’s are man’s best friend, and I would certainly argue that they... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Ears

SlimDoggy Health Check: Ears

Over the last year I’ve noticed that Jack has slowly started to lose his hearing. Last time we were at the vet’s for his Senior Wellness check, I asked the vet to check them. Other than a little dirt build-up he didn’t see anything amiss and chalked up Jack’s hearing problems... »

Living with a Terminally Ill Pet

Living with a Terminally Ill Pet

I felt compelled to write this post as I know there are many pet owners/pet parents/pet lovers out there who, like us, are living with a terminally ill pet. In an effort to provide a community for our shared experiences, I wanted to offer what little comfort or words of advice that I could about our... »

How Much Water does a Dog Need?

How Much Water does a Dog Need?

Last week, I wrote about why it is important to keep a dog properly hydrated and some of the health risks that can result from too little, or too much water. This week I will share some tips on how to keep a dog properly hydrated.   How Much Water does a Dog Need? Making sure that a dog gets th... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Eyes

SlimDoggy Health Check: Eyes

It’s been several weeks since we added to our SlimDoggy Health Check series having spent the last few months focusing on Maggie’s cancer diagnosis and treatment.   Although we’re going a little out of order, we wanted to discuss eyes and eye problems today. In the past we̵... »

4 Ways a Dog Can Improve Your Child’s Health

4 Ways a Dog Can Improve Your Child’s Health

Today’s post is written by a new contributor, Vee Cecil, a fitness advocate and dog lover. Most parents consider getting a family dog because they help to teach responsibility and empathy to children. Chores such as giving the dog food and water, taking him for walks, giving him a bath and bru... »

Maggie Update

Maggie Update

On July 28th of this year, our life went sideways. That’s the day our Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, bone cancer. Since that time, we’ve gone through a new form of radiation therapy called Sterotactic Radiation, four rounds of chemotherapy, countless blood tests and trips to the... »

Special Care for your Senior Pets

Special Care for your Senior Pets

We have had nothing but senior pets in our family since we adopted Becca in 2009. Tino was already eleven when we adopted her after our Sally passed at age 12 and Becca was 8 at the time. Jack and Maggie were both around 8 when we adopted them too, so we have lots of experience in caring for senior ... »

Feel a Lump?  Don’t Wait, Aspirate.

Feel a Lump? Don’t Wait, Aspirate.

You may have heard that saying from your vet, or you may have been told “Let’s watch it”. Certainly it’s your choice whether you pay the money to have a lump aspirated and tested or wait for it to grow or change…we’re just suggesting it’s better to be safe r... »

Which Proteins are Best for a Dog with Cancer?

Which Proteins are Best for a Dog with Cancer?

As mentioned in previous posts, I recently consulted with holistic veterinarian Dr. Patrick Mahaney as part of our dog Maggie’s treatment for Osteosarcoma. Dr. Mahaney believes that when treating a serious disease like cancer, a combination of modern medicine and smart nutrition is the best approach... »

Holistic Medicine in Cancer Treatment – Part 2

Holistic Medicine in Cancer Treatment – Part 2

Today we wanted to cover Dr. Mahaney’s recommendations for Maggie as a result of her visit with him. Note: these recommendations are specific for Maggie, her age, weight, overall health and type of cancer and her cancer protocol. Please don’t take them as definitive advice for your own d... »

Are We Over-vaccinating our Pets?

Are We Over-vaccinating our Pets?

During Maggie’s consultation with Dr. Mahaney, he suggested that we administer a titer test that measures vaccination failures to prevent over vaccination. The test is called VacciCheck. (Full disclosure, Dr. Mahaney is a spokesperson for the company).   I’ve always worried about Ja... »

Holistic Medicine’s Place in Cancer Treatment

Holistic Medicine’s Place in Cancer Treatment

A few weeks ago, we took Maggie to see Dr. Patrick Mahaney, a veterinarian who specializes in holistic medicine treatment options. He is also an active blogger, so you may have come across his blog or writings in other places. We are fortunate that he practices within the same group as Maggie’... »

Health Risks of an Overweight Dog

Health Risks of an Overweight Dog

Continuing with our pet obesity awareness theme, I wanted to share some of the primary health risks that dogs might develop as a result of being overweight.   Much like with humans, carrying excess weight in the form of fat is not healthy for dogs and can impact their quality of life. Simply st... »

Outdoor vs Indoor – Which is Better for your Dog?

Outdoor vs Indoor – Which is Better for your Dog?

How we care for our dogs has certainly changed over the last few decades. I remember when I was growing up, my grandfather owned a kennel and he raised collies and boarded dogs. The barn (or the kennel) was a great place, each dog had it’s own indoor/outdoor run of maybe 10X20 for the boarders... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Respiratory Diseases

SlimDoggy Health Check: Respiratory Diseases

It’s been a couple of months since we added to our SlimDoggy Health Check series. We got side-tracked by Maggie’s cancer diagnosis and devoted several installments to her cancer and her radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Last time we examined some general breathing problems found in ... »

Chemotherapy Safety Measures for You and Your Pets

Chemotherapy Safety Measures for You and Your Pets

Maggie has had two chemotherapy treatments and we’re happy to report she seems to be doing great, no side effects other than a little tiredness. In the course of my research into her cancer treatment, I came upon some materials regarding safety for your self and your other animals if one of yo... »

Is Jack Going Deaf?

Is Jack Going Deaf?

Friends have asked how Jack is doing through all of the family upheaval surrounding Maggie’s illness. Jack can be an anxious dog, but we’ve worked to keep his routine the same which alleviates his anxiety. He still gets his morning walk at the park, sometimes with Maggie, sometimes just ... »

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part III

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part III

It’s been about 8 weeks since our Maggie was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma. We’ve been through a lot since then and you can catch up on our story in our posts Part I and Part II.   Today I wanted to talk about our experience with chemotherapy. In addition to the SRS treatments, our ve... »

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part II

Canine Osteosarcoma – Our Experience Part II

Today I want to cover Maggie’s diagnosis and the first phase of her treatment.   As I mentioned in Part I of our series on Osteosarcoma, Becca was diagnosed with OSA based on her xrays. They displayed what is a typical “sunburst” pattern in her shoulder. Her vet eventually per... »

Why Do Dogs Chase Cars?

Why Do Dogs Chase Cars?

Our neighbors recently got a new dog, an Australian Shepherd. Seems like a nice enough dog, but these folks let their dog run free. We leave in a fairly secluded spot – at the end of a dead-end street and it backs up to what is called “open space” in California. They previously had... »

Canine Osteosarcoma, Our Experience Part I

Canine Osteosarcoma, Our Experience Part I

Since Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA) last month, I’ve done as much reading as I could about the disease. Having had two female black labs who both developed it, I also wondered about breed propensity for OSA. And finally, I looked at treatments recommended – particularly th... »

The Real Reason for Pet Insurance

The Real Reason for Pet Insurance

If you read our blog, you know that our sweet Maggie May was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA), bone cancer, in her left front leg. OSA is an aggressive, fast-growing cancer that is typically treated through amputation and chemotherapy or palliative radiation. Our vet offered us a new treat... »

Dear Labby: Does Yelling at your Dog Work?

Dear Labby: Does Yelling at your Dog Work?

Dear Labby,   Our neighbors just got a new dog, not a puppy, but an adolescent. Judging by how often they YELL and SCREAM at the dog, I would guess he’s a teenager full of hormones and bad behavior.   I want to tell them that yelling doesn’t really help and may harm their relat... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Respiratory Disorders – Breathing Problems

SlimDoggy Health Check: Respiratory Disorders – Breathing Problems

Next up in our SlimDoggy Health Check Series is Respiratory disorders. We previously wrote about SlimDoggy’s cousin Taj and her problems with pneumonia which is obviously a major respiratory problem. We also discussed Lungworm in our Parasite post. Today we will cover a few other common breath... »

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma – Part 2

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma – Part 2

Once Maggie was diagnosed with osteosarcoma (OSA), our objective was to find comfort for her and to give her as long a life as possible.   The vet ruled out amputation, but suggested a newer procedure called Stereotactic Radiosurgery (SRS). In order for Maggie to be a candidate for this procedu... »

What’s Up with Dogs and Baths?

What’s Up with Dogs and Baths?

Our Sally loved to swim. Any chance she got she would splash in a puddle, wade in a stream or jump in a pool. Once she even hopped into the horse trough at Griffith Park. She loved water…except bath water.   She would allow us to lead her into the bathroom, lift her into the tub and bath ... »

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma Part 1

Maggie Faces Osteosarcoma Part 1

We’ve had a tough week in the SlimDoggy household. Our Maggie developed a pretty severe limp over the last few weeks. Increasing her medication and rest did not seem to resolve it, so off to the vet we went. The initial diagnosis was not promising – the vet was concerned it was osteosarc... »

Spice up Your Dog’s Food

Spice up Your Dog’s Food

You can’t get away from all the cooking shows and competitions on TV anymore – it seems they are on 24/7. I like watching them and learning about different spices and herbs to use in cooking. It got me thinking about spices and herbs that are good for our dogs too, so I raided our Dog Fo... »

Choosing the Right Dog Bed

Choosing the Right Dog Bed

There are so many dog bed choices out there, and it seems fancier – and more expensive beds are introduced all the time. Years ago when I had my first Lab, Maxine, she slept on the floor with a couple of blankets. Sally & Tino both slept on the bed, although we had a couple of dog beds in... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Cardiovascular and Circulatory Disease

SlimDoggy Health Check: Cardiovascular and Circulatory Disease

We continue our SlimDoggy Health Check series, moving on to the Cardiovascular and Circulatory systems of the dog.   As in humans, the heart is the most critical organ in your dog’s body. It is responsible for pumping blood throughout their body and carrying life-giving oxygen and nutrien... »

Are Show Dogs Fat?

Are Show Dogs Fat?

Last year, following the Westminster Dog Show, we wrote a series of articles expressing our concern over the overweight appearance of the Labradors in the show. The first was No Wonder a Lab has Never Won at Westminster. We followed that up with an article looking into the changes in Labrador’... »

Pad and Paw Health for your Dog

Pad and Paw Health for your Dog

During the winter, we frequently read about or see dog booties being advertised for dogs to help keep their paws and pads protected from the snow, sleet & chemicals used on the roads in the winter. But, it is equally important to protect your dogs paws and pads from summer dangers of bugs, burr... »

Tips for Preventing Motion Sickness When You Travel with your Pets

Tips for Preventing Motion Sickness When You Travel with your Pets

Last week we drove up to Big Bear for our vacation. BigBear is about 7,000 feet above sea level and the only way to get there is a long windy, twisty mountain road. It’s a beautiful ride, but for anyone who gets motion sick, it can be treacherous.   As I was driving up this year, I was wo... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skeletal Disorders Part 2

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skeletal Disorders Part 2

Today we continue our SlimDoggy Health Check series by taking a closer look at some additional skeletal issues that may befall our pets. We already covered some of the most common, Osteoarthritis and Dysplasia in Part 1.   Let’s take a look at: Luxating patella Osteochondritis dissecans P... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skeletal Disorders Part 1

SlimDoggy Health Check: Skeletal Disorders Part 1

We move on to Skeletal Disorders and Diseases in dogs in our SlimDoggy Health Check Series. Wikipedia provides a long list of potential issues, we will take a look at the most common. Osteoarthritis: Just as in humans, arthritis is a degenerative disease caused by the deterioration of the cartilage ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular Disorders

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular Disorders

Last time, in our Muscular Disorders section of our Health Check Series, we focused on muscle & ligament issues including sprains and strains. Today we are going to take a closer look at other muscular disorders that may affect your dog.   There are two main types of muscular disorders: My... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pneumonia

SlimDoggy Health Check: Pneumonia

SlimDoggy cousin, Taj just recovered from a very serious bout of pneumonia and we wanted to share her experience as a cautionary tale as part of our SlimDoggy Health Check Series.   A little background. Taj is a 12-year old Weimaraner. She was a hunting dog and hunted for many years until her r... »

Should You Shave Your Dog for Summer?

Should You Shave Your Dog for Summer?

Last week, we posted an article about a German Shepherd dog on our FaceBook page. The story was that the owner had taken their dog to a local groomer for grooming and the dog ended up being shaved with only his head and tip of his tail unshaved.   The owner was distraught and threatening to sue... »

Dear Labby: Does My Dog Sleep Too Much?

Dear Labby: Does My Dog Sleep Too Much?

Dear Labby,   We just rescued a 12-week old pup from the local shelter. We think he is a Lab/Pit/Boxer mix or at least that’s what they told us. He is so cute and we have lots of fun with him. We’re planning on taking him to puppy classes soon. The only thing that bothers me is that... »

Dogs and Bees and Wasps

Dogs and Bees and Wasps

When our pup Sally was just about 3 months old, she had a run-in with a bee. It was a Saturday morning and I was out somewhere and Steve was at home. I get a frantic call saying that Sally’s face is all swollen and he is on the way to the vet. By the time I got there, her face was almost norma... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular & Skeletal Systems

SlimDoggy Health Check: Muscular & Skeletal Systems

A dog’s muscular system, like humans, is designed to support movement. A basic understanding of the major muscles and how they work together is important to help you diagnose any potential issues and determine whether it is a muscular, skeletal or a nerve disorder. We will look at all three, b... »

Healthy Dog Diets: Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Healthy Dog Diets: Foods that Reduce Inflammation

Chronic inflammation, which is internal inflammation that persists and serves no healing purpose, is linked to many health issues including obesity, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. The inflammation that occurs after an injury is the body’s natural response to the trauma. Its purpose it to floo... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Skin

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Skin

Wrapping up our SlimDoggy Health Check on Parasites, we want to cover skin parasites. These are VERY common in dogs and cats and include: Fleas Ticks Mites   Lots of nasty critters that you have to contend with and sorry to say most dogs are going to get one or two of these, probably more than ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Intestinal Parasites

SlimDoggy Health Check: Intestinal Parasites

The next installment in our SlimDoggy Health Check series continues our look at Parasites, specifically intestinal parasites. Intestinal Parasites Giardia is a single-celled organism that lives in the intestines of dogs. It is one of the more frequently found parasites and typically affects older do... »

U.S. Pet Obesity Statistics, 2012-2014

U.S. Pet Obesity Statistics, 2012-2014

Dr. Ernie Ward and The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) recently released the results of the 2014 pet obesity survey. The study, conducted in the fall of 2014, continues to show that Americans are over feeding their pets. By a lot.   Overweight or obese dogs make up 52.7% of all do... »

What is that Wet Dog Smell?

What is that Wet Dog Smell?

A few weeks ago we wrote about “Frito Feet”, that weird phenomenon that makes your dogs feet smell like Frito corn chips. Turns out it’s caused by a combination of sweat and bacteria on your dog’s feet.   But what about that “wet dog” smell? I’ve had ma... »

Fire Safety: Pet Alert Signs

Fire Safety: Pet Alert Signs

Each fall in Southern California we have ‘fire season’. It typically begins at the end of summer when everything is dry as can be and then the Santa Ana winds kick in and it’s a recipe for disaster. With our current drought in CA, I expect that season to grow longer and more danger... »

Protect Your Pet from Toxic Foods (Infographic)

Protect Your Pet from Toxic Foods (Infographic)

Guest Post from Sloan McKinney   Food plays an important role in your pup’s life. Feeding your dog the right diet ensures he receives the proper nutrition, while treats serve as a training tool and a reward for good behavior.   Some owners feed their dogs home-cooked or raw foods as either... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Worms

SlimDoggy Health Check: Parasites – Worms

Parasites is the topic for today’s SlimDoggy Health Check.   Parasites means, worms and ticks and mites, oh my… Yes, there are many different types of parasites our dogs come into contact with every single day that may impact their health. Here’s a list of the most common: Wor... »

#GimmeFive Campaign

#GimmeFive Campaign

This year marks the fifth anniversary of First Lady, Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative. The initiative was introduced as a means to help fight childhood obesity. There have been some significant changes and advancements made in fighting obesity as a result of this movement which she... »

Should I Spay or Neuter my Pet?

Should I Spay or Neuter my Pet?

Conventional wisdom in the United States says that spaying or neutering your pet is the responsible thing to do. The only “politically correct” excuse for not spaying or neutering is if you were a responsible dog breeder or if you have a pedigree show dog and they are required to be inta... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Bacterial Diseases in Dogs

SlimDoggy Health Check: Bacterial Diseases in Dogs

Recently we introduced our SlimDoggy Health Check series and provided a list of the different types of dog diseases. The list was long, but our plan is to start at the top and work our way down.   Bacterial diseases “Diseases caused by bacteria. The most common infectious diseases, they r... »

SlimDoggy Health Check: Dog Diseases

SlimDoggy Health Check: Dog Diseases

Recently we started a new feature on SlimDoggy called SlimDoggy Health Check. Initially we wrote about two health issues we had direct experience with, distemper and heartworm.   As I continued to plan our series, I realized that there are so many health issues & diseases that can affect o... »

Pedigree Dog Health Issues

Pedigree Dog Health Issues

Our recent update on Fat Labs at Westminster once again proved to be a lightning rod for comments and complaints about pedigree show dog health. And it wasn’t limited to the overweight Labs, we heard from many purebred dog owners, some who show their dogs and some who refuse to because of unhe... »

SlimDoggy Health Check : Heartworm Pt.2

SlimDoggy Health Check : Heartworm Pt.2

Recently we introduced our new SlimDoggy Health Check series and took a closer look at heartworm and its prevalence throughout the US. Today we want to focus on the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disease.   Heartworm causes: We all know that heartworm is a serious ... »

SlimDoggy Health Check:  Heartworm Pt. 1

SlimDoggy Health Check: Heartworm Pt. 1

Today we begin a new semi-regular series on SlimDoggy – the SlimDoggy Health Check. In this series, we plan to take a closer look at various canine diseases, their cause, treatment and prevention. Our goal will be to keep each synopsis brief and to the point, with a focus on how fitness and nu... »

Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis in Dogs

As Jack & Maggie get older, we are on the lookout for signs of arthritis in their joints. We don’t know if they were active in their previous lives, but for the last few years with us, they both get a lot of exercise in the form of walking, running and additional strengthening exercises. ... »

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

We hope everyone is having a great Thanksgiving Day and getting their fill of family, food and fun. Last year we created a great info-graphic with some turkey day advice. We think it deserves a re-post:   And to help prevent you & your pup from over-indulging today, here’s a few arti... »

Is Overfeeding Your Pet a Sign of Love?

Is Overfeeding Your Pet a Sign of Love?

Dumb Ass Dog Owners or DADO’s. When I read about this blog hop last week, I wasn’t sure if I would join because I wasn’t sure what to write about and then it hit me…the biggest DADO of all and a real pet peeve, the people who think that having a fat pet shows that they are we... »

Senior Pet Resources

Senior Pet Resources

November is Senior Pet Adoption Month. We love our two seniors Jack & Maggie and love to help promote senior adoption as much as we can. Taking care of a senior dog and ensuring their health and fitness does require a little extra diligence. This month, in honor of senior pet month, we plan to ... »

The Dangers of Distemper

The Dangers of Distemper

Those of you that follow SlimDoggy know of our dog Tino and if you’ve read Tino’s Tale of Tails you would know the story of his rescue and the fact that he had distemper when we first got him. He was one of the lucky ones, his brother Bernie who we also rescued wasn’t so lucky and ... »

Would Your Doctor Prescribe a Pet to Improve Your Health?

Would Your Doctor Prescribe a Pet to Improve Your Health?

Last spring we wrote about HABRI, the organization dedicated to studying the health benefits of the human-animal bond. “The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative funds research on the evidence-based health benefits on human-animal interaction” says HABRI Executive Director Steven Feldman.   HAB... »

SlimDoggy Mythbuster | Do Dogs Lick to Heal Themselves?

SlimDoggy Mythbuster | Do Dogs Lick to Heal Themselves?

Today we are looking at the common belief that a dog will lick a wound in order to heal it and that it actually helps heal a wound. Well, truth be told, that’s not a total myth. A dog will lick a cut and in doing so he may help to keep it clean and free from dirt. In that respect it may be hel... »

What if Every Dog Ran: Costs of Having a Fat Dog

What if Every Dog Ran: Costs of Having a Fat Dog

I recently wrote about the Mizuno sponsored study entitled “What if Everybody Ran”, which calculated the benefits of what would happen if everyone in the United States ran and was fit. The study is eye opening as it calculated numerical estimates, across the entire U.S. population, of the associated... »

Walk Your Dog Week – Wrap-up

Walk Your Dog Week – Wrap-up

October 1st – 8th was National Walk Your Dog Week. As part of our commitment to the health and well-being of ourselves and our dogs, we challenged ourselves to not only walk everyday, but to find new and interesting places to walk Jack & Maggie. We joined the #DogWalkingWeek Blog Hop spon... »

Pet Obesity: The Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

Pet Obesity: The Cost of Having an Overweight Dog

National Pet Obesity Awareness Day was created by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) to help raise awareness of both the seriousness of and pervasiveness of the pet obesity problem we have in the U.S. It also provides the perfect opportunity to highlight the substantial financial cost... »

Spondylosis Deformans in Dogs

Spondylosis Deformans in Dogs

Today we are joining the Caring for Critters Round Robin. Yesterday’s entry from Rescued Insanity was some great advice on being prepared for a sudden illness or injury. Tomorrow, be sure and visit I Still Want More Puppies for a post on kidney disease.   We are sharing our experience wit... »

Can my Senior Dog get Alzheimer’s?

Can my Senior Dog get Alzheimer’s?

Unfortunately, the answer is yes, they can. The disorder, called Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) in dogs is very similar to the human Alzheimer’s disease. A recent study at the University of Sydney showed that by age 15, over 40% of dogs display at least some of these symptoms.   Sympt... »

Tino at Big Bear

Tino at Big Bear

We wrote about our trip with Jack and Maggie we took to Big Bear a few weeks ago, but we have gone to Big Bear for years and all of our dogs have enjoyed it and had lots of adventures there.   We typically get a cabin right on the lake so that the dogs can enjoy the beach and Steve can pretend ... »

Give Cancer the Paw

Give Cancer the Paw

Today is the Give Cancer the Paw Blog Hop. I understand it’s going to be the last Hop and is dedicated to our pets that have had cancer. Our Becca is my cancer hero. We’ve written about her struggles and treatment for osteosarcoma in the past here and here so I’m not going to rehas... »

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