How to Greet A Dog The Correct Way

Cindy SmithDog Health, Dog Safety

“That puppy is so cute, he is going to love everybody… That dog looks old, so old he wouldn’t possibly bite anyone.”  Right?  Not always. The fact is not all dogs like to be petted or cuddled. That doesn’t make them bad dogs. However, approaching an unfamiliar dog correctly can save you, the dog, and the owner a lot of … Read More

Does Your Dog Have Bad Door Manners?

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Health, Senior Dogs

My mother-in-law has a beautiful golden doodle. Everyone comments on her breeding and gorgeous teddy bear fur. That is until they ring the doorbell. She starts ferociously barking like Cujo.  But if you try and open the door, one of two things happen: 1) She bolts out into the street; or 2) She jumps all over you, scratching you in … Read More

Be Wary If You’re A Senior Walking a Dog

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Health, Senior Dogs

Walking your dog has many benefits for both you and your dog regardless of your age. It lowers blood pressure, burns calories, increases your cardiac health and reduces your stress levels. In fact, there are so many advantages particularly for seniors that many retirement homes now allow their residents to have dogs. Many doctors even promote the benefits of dogs … Read More

Can You Love Your Dog Too Much?

Cindy SmithDog Health, Senior Dogs

We all love our dogs. Many people even think of them as their “children”. Developing a loving relationship with your dog based on respect is what all responsible dog owners should be doing. How can you not love your dog? He doesn’t judge you. He is always happy to see you. He doesn’t care what you look like or how … Read More

Some Solutions for your Dog’s Itching

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Health, Senior Dogs

Skin allergies are quite common in dogs. Just like humans, dogs can be allergic to a range of things, from products (shampoos, carpets, insecticides) to environmental factors (pollen, mold) to parasites (ticks and fleas). Anxiety, dry skin and hormonal imbalances can also contribute to your dog’s scratching. Dogs itch and scratch normally, but when it becomes compulsive, it means your … Read More

5 Health Hazards for your Dog in Winter

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Health, Senior Dogs

Brrr. Even if you live in balmier states such as Florida and California, the temperatures in the winter months dip. In some parts of the country, they can be downright freezing! Here are some health hazards for your dog in winter. Freezing Temperatures If the temperatures dip below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, your dog could be susceptible to frostbite and hypothermia. … Read More

Hair Raising Facts About Dog Hackles

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Health, Senior Dogs

Does the hair on your arm, neck or head ever go up involuntarily when you are stressed or overexcited? In humans it is called “goosebumps” but in dogs it’s called “hackles”. The medical term in dogs is piloerection, with pilo meaning hair. Hair doesn’t talk yet it does tell the emotional state of a dog. It is a dog’s way … Read More

Questions to Ask Before Adopting a Senior Dog

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Health

Adopting a senior dog will give you a special feeling … it’s almost as if he can sense you have saved him! Too many senior dogs are left to spend the rest of their days confined to a kennel or shelter, abandoned through no fault of their own. Many older dogs have been abandoned because their owner passed away. However, … Read More

Apartment Living with Dogs

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Health

If you live in an apartment or condo, you know that your neighbor’s barking dogs can be unnerving. As a good neighbor and responsible dog owner, there are some doggie and pet parent manners that are especially important when living in smaller, shared spaces. For instance, do your neighbors complain that your dog howls all day when you are gone. … Read More