Kids and Dogs

These days, it seems that every time someone posts a picture on social media of a child with a dog it is immediately followed by a spate of posts expressing horror at the anticipated savage attack likely to follow. Granted, some of those photos do,...

Know Your CBDs

It’s everywhere: CBD, the “miracle” drug. Each week, I probably have several clients inform me – their veterinarian – that they are giving this supplement to their dogs. Their intention and hope is that...

Osteosarcoma: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Osteosarcoma (OSA) has been found in every vertebrate class and has even been identified in dinosaur fossils, but it appears to be more prevalent in dogs than in any other species. While there are...

Fear Free Veterinary Care

Does your dog know when you are approaching the veterinary clinic? Sadly, many dogs are nervous, anxious, or just uncomfortable at the vet’s office. Thankfully there is a movement of veterinary professionals who are working...

Canine Constipation

Constipation seems like it should be a straightforward medical problem, but this is far from the case! Constipation occurs when there is difficulty or inability to empty the bowels. Stools may be extremely firm....

Confidence Lost

When Woody (my three-year-old pit bull-mix) was a tiny puppy, just another one in a litter of nine that I was fostering for my local shelter, he was always happy to receive medical attention...

How to Get the Tick Out

It’s creepy enough that there are billions of these tiny insects living in the woods and fields, just waiting to latch onto your dog (or you!) and suck your blood. Bloating themselves with blood,...

How to Teach Verbal Cues

Does your dog understand what behavior you wish her to perform when you use verbal cues alone, with absolutely no hand gestures or suggestive body language? In many cases, the body-language picture we present...

Mast Cell Tumors

Mast cell tumors (MCTs) are the most common form of malignant skin cancer that occurs in dogs, accounting for about 14 to 21 percent of all skin tumors. There is significant variability in the...

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A Perfect New Home For My Foster Dog Odin

When, back in March, I scheduled a week-long vacation for early July, I of course had no way of knowing a huge, dog-related...