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News: Editors
Better with Pets Summit
A gathering of ideas
There is an astounding amount of research on dogs—academic studies, medical research, social and psychological testing, not to mention reams of data gathered from our everyday lives. Thoughtfully assimilated, all of this information can help us and our dogs live better lives together. I was reminded of how fortunate dog enthusiasts are to share in this wealth of information upon my return last...
News: Guest Posts
Cool-weather Tick Alert
My dog and I both enjoy the arrival of autumn. I love the cascade of warm leaf colors, and she particularly loves rooting through the newly dropped leaves, as if there must be a treat hidden in there somewhere. We’re able to take much longer walks, no longer burdened by daytime heat spikes, scorching pavement, or the constant buzz of mosquitoes. However, this time of year also brings another,...
Wellness: Health Care
In-Home Vet Care
Senior dogs benefit from in-home vet care.
When I was in veterinary school, a house-call practice was far from the career I imagined. Yet years later, I found myself at a crossroads. I knew I wanted to work for myself, but the thought of opening my own vet hospital was daunting. So, I compromised, taking part-time jobs while building my in-home practice. Word spread, and within six months, I was able to focus entirely on veterinary house...
Wellness: Healthy Living
Dog CPR Classes at Home
Online courses are all the rage. Here’s one from Udemy that caught our interest: Dog CPR, First Aid & Safety. Taught by Melanie Monteiro, author of The Safe Dog Handbook and a canine CPR and first-aid expert. Monteiro offers workshops and private consults in California and Oregon, and now, you can learn from her in the comfort of your own home. There are 36 lectures (three hours of video),...
Wellness: Health Care
Breakthrough For Severe Canine Dysplasia
Would this breakthrough procedure improve a young Lab’s severe dysplasia?
Montilius (Monty) Tiberius is our two-year-old yellow Labrador best friend and faithful companion. On March 12, 2015, he became just the 15th dog in the world to undergo a groundbreaking procedure that, we hoped, would reduce his severe bilateral hip dysplasia and give him a chance at a normal life. How difficult was the procedure? “On a scale of one to 10, the operation was a 12,” said...
Good Dog: Activities & Sports
High Performance Canine Athletes
Water: some dogs love it, some don’t. And some win prizes for jumping into it. Take, for example Tommy D’s Limoncello—Cello to her friends and family—of southern New Jersey. While she’s no fan of guns (something of a problem for a hunting dog), the four-year-old German Shorthaired Pointer took to dock diving like a duck to, well, water. In November, she’ll be among the dogs representing the U.S....
Wellness: Recipes
Recipe: Chicken, Squash and Greens
A simple home-prepared meal that incorporates healthy ingredients that not only improves our animals’ health but is also easier on our budgets. ½ cup [125 mL] chicken breast, cooked, skin and fat removed, ground or shredded 1 tablespoon [15 mL] chicken liver, cooked, finely chopped ½ cup [125 mL] squash, acorn, cubed, boiled, drained ½ cup [125 mL] asparagus, boiled, drained, chopped...
Culture: Readers Write
Best Friends Need Best Care
From top-left: Kayla Colandrea plays with Stella; The full Pause4Paws team includes Mia Scarcella, Rida Muneer, Kayla Colandrea, Janine Jao, and Nicole Perilli; Stella, a Pomeranian Papillon; Mia Scarcella and Stella
Every day pets are exposed to various temperature levels from heat to cold, and while it is easy to forget, you really need to consider just how much your pets can be affected in extreme conditions. That’s where we come into play. We are Pause4Paws, the voice for pets who cannot speak up for themselves. Pause4Paws is a group of sophomore Community Problem Solvers from Flagler Palm Coast High...
Wellness: Food & Nutrition
Cooking for Your Dog's Health
Q&A with Cathy Alinovi, DVM, and Susan Thixton, authors of Dinner PAWsible.
Whole food, real food, clean eating: however it’s described, many of us are turning—or returning—to minimally processed, additive-free food made by nature rather than machines. In their newly revised cookbook, Dinner PAWsible, holistic veterinarian Cathy Alinovi and pet food safety advocate Susan Thixton apply that concept to the world of companion animals. They suggest that home-prepared meals...
News: Editors
Health Basics: Canine Seizures
For years, I kept a supply of phenobarbital on hand, prescribed by my vet for my mixed-breed dog's seizure. It turned out to be a one-time thing, and eventually, I disposed of the drug. But I can testify that watching her in the grip of it was both scary and confusing. As dog-lovers, most of us hope we're never faced with a number of canine health conditions. Seizures fall into that category....