April 2017

Prescription Drugs for Dogs' Arthritis Pain

Subscribers Only — Hundreds of drugs developed for human pain are used by veterinarians to treat chronic pain in dogs, but only nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (abbreviated as NSAIDs and pronounced EN-seds) and two non-NSAID prescription drugs (Galliprant and Adequan) have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for canine use. For many veterinarians, prescription drugs are a first choice for the treatment of chronic pain, while for some they are a last resort. Used well, drugs can make a world of difference for older dogs, but they are controversial because of their documented side effects.   More...

A Good Time

Its amazing to me how many times Ive assigned an article to one of WDJs regular contributors, or one of them has approached me about writing an article, and within days of receiving that article, Im suddenly faced with the subject of the article in person so to speak.   More...

Stop Urine Marking in the House

Subscribers Only — Marking is different from urination; a dog urinates to relieve his bladder of the sensation of feeling full. In contrast, marking does not involve full evacuation of the bladder; instead, the dog releases a small amount of urine as a communication strategy. Urine contains pheromones, chemicals that provide critical information regarding a dogs age, gender, health, and reproductive status all very interesting and important olfactory reading if youre a dog. This is why dogs are so intent on smelling where other dogs have fully eliminated or marked.   More...

Giardiasis and Coccidiosis in Puppies

Subscribers Only — Two of the most frustrating but common parasites your puppy might be hosting are Giardia and Coccidia. These are not worms, but two species of protozoa single-celled organisms that reproduce in the intestines of infected animals and shed their spores into the environment through the infected animals feces. These spores can survive in watery environments and soil, long enough to be incidentally consumed by other animals, either by drinking contaminated water, eating contaminated grass, or just walking through (or sitting or lying on) contaminated soil and then grooming themselves.   More...

Loose Leash Walking: Training Your Dog Not to Pull

No one enjoys walking with a dog who constantly pulls. Its terribly unpleasant and in some cases can be downright dangerous. Dog owners often end up avoiding walking with their dog altogether, which inadvertently can make the problem worse the less often the dog gets to go for a walk, the more excited he becomes when he eventually does get to go, the faster he walks, and the stronger he pulls! Its a vicious circle.   More...

The 2017 Best Dog Harnesses Review

Using a harness for dogs instead of a collar has huge benefits. There are many types of dog harnesses out there, and finding the best adult dog or puppy harness might seem like a daunting task. This Whole Dog Journal review of harnesses does all of the trial and error work of finding a quality harness for you! For dogs who pull on leash, WDJ strongly prefers harnesses over choke chains, prong collars, shock collars, and even flat collars and head halters.   More...