Safety

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... »

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,... »

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... »

Dear Labby: Is Crate Training Cruel?

Dear Labby: Is Crate Training Cruel?

Dear Labby,   I was watching a funny video I saw on Facebook last week of an energetic boxer breaking out of their crate. I think the owner that posted it thought it was funny and I admit I laughed a little – he was so determined to breakout. But the comments from others on the FB post we... »

Really? That’s a “Service Dog”?

Really? That’s a “Service Dog”?

First and foremost I want to say that there are absolutely legitimate reasons for people to require the type of assistance that service dogs can afford them. Trained guide dogs for the blind, dogs like our Becca who was trained to carry a backpack for her wheel-chair bound owner, dogs who detect sei... »

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... »

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... »

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... »

Dear Labby: What to do About Barking Dogs

Dear Labby: What to do About Barking Dogs

Dear Labby, We have new neighbors who moved in about 6 weeks ago. They seem like a nice family, but the problem is they have two dogs that bark. A LOT. They are left home alone all day, everyday and spend most of their time in the yard barking. The family also seems to go out several nights a week a... »

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... »

Coyote Season

Coyote Season

In the area we live there are a lot of coyotes. Sometimes we see and hear them all the time, sometimes we don’t see or hear them for months.   This time of year, when new pups are born we see and hear them A LOT. Almost every night they gather in the fields across from our house and discu... »

5 Reasons NOT to Get a Dog

5 Reasons NOT to Get a Dog

We love dogs. We can’t imagine our life without dogs in it. There is much written about the benef its of owning a dog, the fun that they are, the security they bring, the unconditional love. That’s why we love having them in our life. But you don’t usually see much written about th... »

Purina Lawsuit: Is Beneful Dog Food Harmful to Dogs?

Purina Lawsuit: Is Beneful Dog Food Harmful to Dogs?

In case you haven’t heard the news, Purina was recently named in a class action law suit due to alleged harm caused by its Beneful dog food product line. CNN.com has a good summary of the suit here.   Historically, there have been many consumer complaints about Beneful products. The customer co... »

Is Your Dog Accident Prone?

Is Your Dog Accident Prone?

Is there such a thing as being “accident prone”? I know we talk about some humans as being accident prone if they tend to get in car accidents or fall down stairs or trip on curbs, or many different sorts of accidents. I don’t think it’s something that’s genetic, I thin... »

Choosing the Best Leash for an Enjoyable Walk with your Dog

Choosing the Best Leash for an Enjoyable Walk with your Dog

One of the most popular ways to keeping a dog fit is the good old walk. Whether you are brand new to being a pet owner, or you’ve just introduced a new furry family member to your existing canine pack, mastering the art of dog walking is usually a “work in progress”. In the first of a two part serie... »

Dogs and the Fireplace

Dogs and the Fireplace

Now that it’s winter, many of us build fires in the fireplace (or flip the switch on the gas fire) to help ward off the cold. Who enjoys that fire most in your household – you or the dog?   We are only able to have a gas fireplace in our house. Our chimney would have had to be rebui... »

Have You Ever Lost Your Dog?

Have You Ever Lost Your Dog?

LOST DOG. Don’t you hate to see those signs and the sinking feeling it gives you? I thank God we’ve never lost any of our dogs for longer than 15-20 minutes. The longest situation was Tino, of course, but HE knew exactly where he was and exactly where I was, so technically I’m not ... »

What is it with Dogs and the Mailman?

What is it with Dogs and the Mailman?

Our dog Tino had a love-hate relationship with our mail carrier in Pasadena. We lived on cul-de-sac on a road that ran along a bluff next to the Rose Bowl. We had mailboxes in front of our house and the mailman would deliver the mail out of his truck. Pete, our mailman, would enter the cul-de-sac, d... »

Dear Labby: Is My Dog Afraid of the Dark?

Dear Labby: Is My Dog Afraid of the Dark?

Dear Labby, Our dog Kylie seems to be afraid of the dark. Is that possible?   During the day, when it’s sunny, bright, full of daylight, Kylie romps around in the backyard. We play ball, she chases squirrels, etc. However, once the sun sets and the backyard is dark, she’s very tenta... »

Walking Multiple Dogs | SlimDoggy

Tips for Walking your Pack

Last week, one of our friends asked us for some tips on walking multiple dogs. She has four rescued greyhounds, so I imagine walking them at once can be a real challenge. We only have two dogs and Jack is a star walker – right to my right, very focused. At one time we had a foster, so I had th... »

Emergency Preparedness for Your Pets

Emergency Preparedness for Your Pets

September is National Preparedness Month and we are asked to “Be Disaster Aware, Take Action to Prepare”. Being prepared applies not only to the human members of your family, but to your pets as well. I’m not going to rehash the same lists of things to do, or store or buy as there ... »

Staycationing with your Dog

Staycationing with your Dog

Today we are sharing another post topic with our friend Dexter and Carol over at Fidose of Reality. We are both writing about traveling with your dog – the ins & outs traveling and offering up our tips and suggestions for making it fun and stress free for everyone.   We’ve all ... »

A Dog Friendly Home

A Dog Friendly Home

A few months ago, we posted a fun infographic from the folks at Sainsbury’s Bank Money Matters Blog, (a provider of pet insurance). It contained some great information on different activities for your dog and the benefits to their health of exercise, indoor games, walking, etc.   Well, they are... »

Protecting Yourself and your Dog from Coyotes

Protecting Yourself and your Dog from Coyotes

We live in an area where there are a lot of coyotes. I see them at least once a week and there are frequent stories about them chasing and/or killing small pets in the Los Angeles area. Because of this, I keep a close eye on my dogs and leashed in areas where they might be roaming. Even though the l... »

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Coyotes

Tale of Tails: Tino & the Coyotes

I was working on a post for next week about coyotes, actually reworking a piece we had written for Dogster last year and I realized with all the Tino stories I’ve told here, I never wrote about any of his run-ins with coyotes.   Today, I’ll share a few – there were more, but t... »

Pet Safety Month – Vacation Safety

Pet Safety Month – Vacation Safety

July has been named Pet Safety Month by our friends at BlogPaws. You’ve probably seen many posts throughout the month with lots of tips and reminders about your pet’s safety. Well, here’s another one.   Given that we just got back from vacation, I thought I would focus on vaca... »

Tino and the Red Ants

Tino and the Red Ants

I haven’t told a Tino story in awhile and this one is a doozy. This dates back probably 11 years ago, when we lived in Pasadena and Tino was probably about 5 or 6, so he was in his prime. We frequently ran and hiked in Cherry Canyon, a nearby open space area with miles and miles of trails. &nb... »

Foxtails: Blessing or Curse?

Foxtails: Blessing or Curse?

I was reading an article the other day about foxtails and the dangers they pose to our pets. We live in an area where there are a LOT of foxtails – on almost every trail we take Jack & Maggie they are growing wild alongside the trail. Once they start to dry, they can become very dangerous... »

Fear Aggression in Dogs

Fear Aggression in Dogs

Don’t misunderstand, I am no expert when it comes to working with dogs with fear aggression. Jack had a touch of this problem, but with hard work and a good trainer, he’s worked through most of it and while he doesn’t joyfully greet strangers like our Sally did, he tolerates them. ... »

Dear Labby

Dear Labby

Dear Labby, We just got a new puppy from the shelter. We don’t really know what he is, but he looks kind of like a shepherd/golden mix. We like to take him everywhere so that he gets socialized. He’s really pretty well-behaved for a pup. The shelter said they thought he was 6 months old.... »

In case of EMERGENCY: 6 Tips

In case of EMERGENCY: 6 Tips

We had a wildfire scare near our home the other day. The fire started roughly 4-5 miles away, but with wind gusts over 50 mph and tinder-like dry conditions here in CA, it was scary. They evacuated thousands of families to ‘evacuation’ centers, but they don’t usually allow dogs, so... »

Dear Labby (FleaBitten & DirtyDog)

Dear Labby (FleaBitten & DirtyDog)

Dear Labby, It’s that time of year again when the fleas & ticks come out in full force. Any ideas for safe, natural remedies? FleaBitten Dear Fleabitten, I hear you – nothing worse than coming home from a nice walk and bringing a lot of baggage in the way of fleas & ticks into th... »

Dogs should ride shotgun: vehicle safety for dogs in California

Dogs should ride shotgun: vehicle safety for dogs in California

Although not in our ‘wheelhouse’ as far as topics are concerned, this piece from dogthusiast.com is worth a read. Dogs should ride shotgun: vehicle safety for dogs in California. I don’t see a lot of cases where a dog is riding in the back of a pickup, but when I do, I always wonde... »