Illness

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... »

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... »

Costs of Having a Fat Dog

Costs of Having a Fat Dog

I recently discussed some of the common health risks that dogs face from being overweight. The list of diseases and ailments that are associated with a dog being overweight is both long and serious, and will likely contribute to a lower quality of life for the pet and a shorter pet life span. If the... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

Exercise and Canine Diabetes

Exercise and Canine Diabetes

We have been asked by some of our readers about the special considerations that apply when exercising a diabetic dog.  The fact is, diabetes is a serious, but often manageable disease and it is not an excuse to let your dog become a couch potato.  More than anything, canine diabetes is a disease tha... »

Am I a bad dog mom? Maggie’s Miserable Weekend.

This weekend was supposed to be a mini-vacation for us. We had our dog sitter lined up to stay with Jack & Maggie and we were going down to San Diego to spend the weekend with my family. All that changed when Maggie threw-up three times within an hour on Friday morning and we spent our weekend a... »

These 13 Dog Symptoms Need Immediate Attention

These 13 Dog Symptoms Need Immediate Attention

This is mostly common sense but worth sharing from Find A Vet. These 13 Dog Symptoms Need Immediate Attention From Your Vet | Find A Vet   Keep this list handy (print it out) just in case. 1. Severe bleeding or bleeding that lasts longer than 5 minutes 2. Choking or difficulty breathing, or con... »

Pet owners allege dog treat maker is censoring backlash

Pet owners allege dog treat maker is censoring backlash

This is an interesting if not inflammatory story from WTOP in Washington DC. Pet owners allege dog treat maker is censoring backlash – WTOP.com. Dr. Katy Nelson, the host of The Pet Show, which airs on WJLA (ABC 8) in DC on Saturday mornings at 11 AM provides sound advice regarding pet treats.... »

Can a Pet be too Old for Cancer Treatment?

Can a Pet be too Old for Cancer Treatment?

I read this story on PetMD last night: http://www.petmd.com/blogs/thedailyvet/jintile/2013/jan/can-dog-be-too-old-for-cancer-treatment and was moved to write about our dog Becca as we had to face this very question for her this past year. We adopted Becca through a local Labrador rescue organization... »