You are over at your friend’s house and her beautiful labradoodle approaches you wagging its tail. As you go to say hello, you are met with a growl. What happened?
As we age, it can get harder to climb up and down the stairs, get up from a chair or bed, and get in and out of cars. Seniors may even need some help temporarily if they are recovering from surgery or have arthritis. The same holds true for dogs. It is difficult for many aging dogs to get around … Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Technology can make all of our lives easier, particularly one that is close at hand – our cell phone. Cell phones are great for taking fun videos and pictures as well as tracking some important information about your dog. Additionally, there are various apps for dog owners that can keep your dog healthier and happier.