Could Your Senior Dog Be Depressed Because of COVID?

Cindy SmithDog Health, Dog Safety

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Could your senior dog be depressed? Everyone thinks that our dogs are overjoyed because we are home with them more often during COVID. However, what they’re not considering is that dogs are very intuitive about their owner’s moods. Many owners have lost their jobs and money is tight. Other owners are wrestling with sending their kids back to school or … Read More

Swimming Is Great For Senior Dogs

Cindy SmithDog Health, Dog Safety, Senior Dogs

There are basically three types of dogs – dogs who are natural swimmers, dogs who aren’t built to survive in the water, and dogs that can be taught to swim. For senior dogs, swimming is a fantastic exercise because it is joint friendly, particularly for arthritic dogs who have issues with bones, joints and cartilage. Swimming is great cardiovascular exercise, … Read More

Where Did Everyone Go?

Cindy SmithDog Health, Dog Safety, Senior Dogs

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Chances are your dog got used to you being home as we sheltered in place. Or maybe you adopted at dog during the Covid-19 shutdown. Because dogs are social creatures, having you home has been a dream come true for them. We’ve had the time to take more walks, play more games, and even the kids have been home! However, … Read More

Dog DNA Testing

Cindy SmithDog Health, Dog Safety, Senior Dogs

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Ancestry.com, 23 and ME and CRI Genetics have become extremely popular as tests have exploded in recent years, with the number of people signing up more than doubling in 2019. People want to learn more about their family history, their ancestry, their personal identity, and important health information. DNA tests are becoming popular for dogs as well, especially among mutt … Read More

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

Best Guard Dogs

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Safety

Looking for a great guard dog? Someone to protect your home, family or property and watch for unfamiliar people or animals? Please do not confuse a guard dog with an attack dog, because a guard dog knows not to attack familiar people. He/she is not vicious. Certain breeds are prone to be better guard dogs than others as a result … Read More

Are You a Responsible Dog Owner?

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Health, Dog Safety, Senior Dogs

With September being AKC Responsible Dog Owner Month, we thought we would reiterate what being a good dog owner is all about. Most of us had our first pet as a child, when our parents were trying to teach us responsibility. Chances are, you tried to get out of cleaning up after the dog and quickly realized that having a … Read More

Marijuana & Dogs

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Health, Dog Safety, Senior Dogs

Last month we discussed the therapeutic effects of CBD (cannabidiol, the medical component) for dogs. Although not much long-term research has been conducted, it has shown promising results in fighting the effects of cancer, pain, joint swelling, arthritis and more. However, this is not true of marijuana itself. The cannabis oil recommended for dogs does not contain (THC – tetrahydrocannabinol) … Read More

Puppies Aren’t For Everyone

Cindy SmithDog Safety

Who doesn’t love a puppy? They are cute, adorable and full of fun. You can’t help but smile when a puppy is around, complete with adoring eyes that follow you everywhere you go. Their faces are so sweet! However, puppies are not for everyone. This true story tells the tale of how a puppy can be a disaster if placed … Read More

Back-To-School Quiz to Prevent Dog Bites

Lindsey ZimmermanDog Safety

As our kids head back-to-school, they may encounter some unfamiliar dogs along the way. It’s important that kids know how to approach a strange dog correctly and react appropriately if the dog shows any sign of aggression. This quiz is critical to prevent dog bites!