Springtime Means Fun Time But Be Wary

Cindy SmithDog Health, Dog Safety, Senior Dogs

As the days are longer and the weather is better, you can have even more fun with your dog, senior or not! Dogs can get easily There are many things about spring that can be downers and some great activities that lead to lots of run. First, we’ll talk about some dangers, then we’ll hit the highlights you won’t want … Read More

Using Acupuncture to Treat Your Animal’s Chronic Pain

Cindy SmithDog Health, Senior Dogs

Acupuncture originated in Chinese medicine and has been used for thousands of years to treat chronic pain in humans. Acupuncture restores the natural flow of Chi, or energy, stimulating neural-hormonal pathways to release hormones that reduce pain and inflammation. Additionally, the needles are said to improve circulation at the points they are placed. Acupuncture was first introduced for dogs and … Read More

Facts About Dogs in Heat

Cindy SmithDog Health, Senior Dogs

Female dogs are only receptive to mating when they are in heat, and it is also the only time they can get pregnant. A dog’s first heat usually occurs when they are between 6 months to a year old. Here we will separate the facts from the myths about female dogs and their heat cycles.

Winter Games for your Dog

Cindy SmithSenior Dogs

#indoorwinterdoggames

Winter. By far the harshest season for your pet. Even if you live in the balmy southern states, you still may be stuck inside from long stretches of rains. So here’s some games to keep everyone active in the winter and mentally and physically stimulated. Fetch. Fetch is not just a game to play outside. I stand at the top … Read More

The Perfect Holiday Gift

Cindy SmithDog Holidays, Senior Dogs

As our family was returning home from the store one icy, cold winter night, a raggedy animal jumped in front of our car. At first, we thought it was a coyote or small doe and were just thankful we didn’t hit it. We could tell right away it was hurt from the way it limped. Fortunately, my Dad quickly recognized … Read More

Hitting the Road Over the Holidays With Your Dog

Cindy SmithDog Health, Senior Dogs

We all love our pets like family members. With COVID and the risks of flying, the transportation industry estimates that more people will be taking to the roads over the holidays. That means that more pets will be going too! Before you put your dog (or cat) in the car, consider the cons of traveling versus having a pet sitter … Read More

What Dogs Can Detect

Cindy SmithDog Health, Senior Dogs

It never ceases to amaze me what dogs can detect.  It’s because their nose and sense of smell is so much more advanced than ours. A dog has 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in ours. Also, the part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is 40 times greater than ours. Dogs have been … Read More

Does Your Senior Dog Need to Go Back to School Too?

Cindy SmithDog Health, Senior Dogs

It’s back-to-school time, although this year it is a little different! Many parents had to make the tough decision whether to homeschool their kids or send them to school. We all know that school is important because you’re never too old to learn! Too many dog owners put up with annoying or nuisance behaviors because it is easier to ignore … 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

#separationanxiety

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