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Julie Barton and Bunker

Book Review ~ Dog Medicine by Julie Barton

Julie Barton’s book Dog Medicine, How My Dog Saved Me from Myself  tells her story of becoming healed by sharing her life with a golden retriever named Bunker. I have written about therapy dogs and have experienced the lifesaving intervention of our little Pomeranian, Puffy, …
Yellow Lab in Hydrangea Bush

Dogs Dig Gardens

If you are enthusiastic about having a nice looking yard but are also an ardent dog lover, these two passions are often in conflict. Massive dig holes can appear in a matter of minutes; delicate flowerbeds are often trampled; branches of a …
Dog and Cat

Diabetes in Cats and Dogs

Most of us are familiar with diabetes as a condition that affects people, but did you know that dogs and cats can develop diabetes too? It is estimated that around one in every 500 dogs and two in every 500 cats will …
Old Dog

Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

Have you ever seen an old toy poodle with a severe dry hair coat and a noticeable pot belly who walks around panting all the time?  This is a typical presentation for hyperadrenocorticism — Cushing’s Disease — which affects middle aged to …
Running Dog

Training 101 – WAIT and COME Commands

To successfully train your dog, you must be prepared to practice every day. Short and often is the best policy. Several five to ten minute sessions a day will give your dog plenty of time to build reliability, even around distractions. It is …
Jack Russell under Umbrella

Beware of Heat Stroke

Heat stroke occurs when normal body cooling mechanisms fail to keep the body temperature in the normal range for that species.  Normal body temperature ranges from 100 to 102.5 degrees Farenheight for dogs and cats.  Panting, the main method of cooling for …
Cat and Smiling Dog

Preventing Kidney Disease in Dogs and Cats

What would you guess is the top medical condition afflicting cats in the United States?  Lower urinary tract disease is one of the top ranked medical conditions according to Veterinary Pet Insurance, and renal failure comes in a very close second. When …
Acupunture Dog

Can Acupuncture Help My Senior Pet?

Senior pets typically have more than one ailment or injury that requires extra attention. As our pets age, they may also become more anxious, their appetite may decrease, and they may not respond as well to medications that have previously been effective. …