Categories
Dogs Veterinary Care

IBD in Dogs: What You Need to Know

Reading Time: 3 minutes My Lab mix, Rio, has always had a bit of a sensitive stomach. But last fall when he vomited blood, we knew something serious was going on. After help from the emergency room at Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in metro Denver, Colorado, we scheduled an appointment with the internal medicine department. Biopsy results revealed Rio […]

Categories
Other

How to Coexist With Coyotes and Keep Pets Safe

Reading Time: 3 minutes The general Fear Free concept of respecting animals for who and what they are may arguably extend to urban wildlife such as coyotes. Coyotes are survivors. While many species have paid a price for their intersection with humans, coyotes are among the few that have found a way to survive and even thrive right under […]

Categories
Dogs Life at Home Training & Grooming

Keep the Dog Inside the Fence!

Reading Time: 3 minutes I was training a client and her dog outside in her neighborhood when a scruffy dog happily approached us. There was no owner in sight. I slipped a spare leash on him and checked his collar. Luckily, “Fred” had an ID tag. I called the number. “Hello,” I said when a woman answered. “I found […]

Categories
Activities & Enrichment Dogs Training & Grooming

Teaching the Seek Back as a Game

Reading Time: 4 minutes The Seek Back is used by police to send a dog to search a large area where a crime may have been committed. A trained dog will search methodically, quartering the area and searching back and forth, the way you might mow a lawn, so they don’t miss a spot. Once they find something that […]

Categories
Cats Dogs Other Travel & Safety

New Airline Rules Regarding Emotional Support Animals: What You Need to Know

Reading Time: 3 minutes Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, I was a frequent flyer. Sometimes I even traveled with my little Poodle, Peach, in her carrier after paying the required pet fee. As a pet writer and dog advocate, I grew increasingly concerned by the dramatic increase in fake service dogs and alleged emotional support animals (ESAs). It was […]

Categories
Dogs Veterinary Care

Treatment May Help Painful Canine Stomatitis

Reading Time: 3 minutes Zoey was a typical goofy shepherd mix. When her owner noticed excessive drooling and a reluctance to eat in the normally happy dog, she sought veterinary help. Zoey’s condition was diagnosed as canine chronic ulcerative stomatitis (CCUS). Signs of Stomatitis Dogs suffering from this disease develop severe inflammation and oral ulcers on the tongue, the […]

Categories
Activities & Enrichment Dogs Life at Home

How to Make Your Dog Happy and Even Laugh

Reading Time: 4 minutes We know how much our dogs make us happy and even laugh. And scientists confirm that snuggling with our dogs unleashes oxytocin, informally referred to as the cuddle chemical. Medical studies confirm again and again that hanging out with dogs can lower our blood pressure, reduce our stress levels, and boost our moods. But when […]

Categories
Activities & Enrichment Dogs

Playing in a Winter Wonderland

Reading Time: 3 minutes Most dogs love snow, the exceptions being some small dogs and dogs without much haircoat. That said, throw a jacket and some booties on them and even dogs such as German Shorthaired Pointers love to skijor and sled. Here are some ideas for winter fun with your dog. Backyard Play The best snow for dogs […]

Categories
Dogs Travel & Safety

Tying Dogs Out: How and Why It Can Go Wrong

Reading Time: 3 minutes It’s an all-too-common sight (particularly in large urban areas) to see dogs outside businesses with their leashes tied around bike racks or no-parking signs while their people are inside buying a doughnut or picking up their dry cleaning or even grocery shopping. People who tote their dog to the store and then tie the dog […]

Categories
Activities & Enrichment Dogs Life at Home

8 Ideas for Getting Out That Pent-Up Energy This Winter

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dogs everywhere seem to be afflicted with the zoomies these days. With the arrival of winter’s challenging weather coupled with the spike in COVID cases, many pet parents and their dogs are forced to stay socially distant, spend more time in our homes and cancel travel plans for at least the upcoming winter months. That […]