Medication

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... »

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’... »

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:  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... »

Dear Labby, Why Won’t My Dog Take their Medicine?

Dear Labby, Why Won’t My Dog Take their Medicine?

Dear Labby,   My dog refuses to take her pills, no matter how I bury it in her food – I always end up with this:   Frustrated Mom   Dear Frustrated,   Believe me, I understand what you are going through. Our dog Becca was on a good deal of medication when we were fighting h... »

Tale of Tails: Sweet Sally Brown

Tale of Tails: Sweet Sally Brown

I don’t write about our Sally too often. Not sure why, but I tend to think about her a lot this time of year as we lost Sally four years ago on Memorial Day weekend. It was pretty devastating for both of us. Actually, that’s probably why I don’t write about her much, I still miss h... »

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... »

Slentrol Part II

Slentrol Part II

The more you think about it, the worse it gets. I recently wrote a brief post about Slentrol, the dog obesity drug.  You can read that here. For those who are using or considering using Slentrol,  let’s take a closer look at how it works. The official Slentrol website explains how the drug wor... »