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Dog Dental Chews: Do They Help Keep Teeth Clean?

We’re getting the message about the importance of brushing our dog’s teeth, so we want to know if dog dental chews will help. 

In previous posts we looked at various toothbrushes and toothpastes, now it’s time to talk about dog dental chews.

We already know how plaque can build up on our dog’s teeth, just like it does on our own.… Read full post

Through a Dog's Ear

Through a Dog’s Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion – Review

Product: Through a Dog’s Ear: Music to Calm Your Canine Companion

Where to buy: Amazon.com

Product specifications: Running time – 59:58

My rating: 5/5

 

Through a Dog’s Ear: Overview

Through a Dog’s Ear is a 1 hour CD of classical music (Bach, Rachmaninoff, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, Beethoven, Schumann) played on a piano, solo.… Read full post

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Glucosamine for Dogs: What to Expect From an Overdose

Hello everyone, and welcome to this guest post written by Erin Amanda. Erin is a Certified Veterinary Technician with experience in veterinary toxicology, living in Illinois with her partner, her son, and her zoo of critters.  She has written and published peer-reviewed continuing education articles on toxicology through the NAVTA journal and the VSPN network.… Read full post

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Toothpaste for Dogs

The importance of taking our dog’s oral hygiene seriously cannot be overstated, so in my series about dog dental care the next topic we’ll be addressing is toothpaste for dogs. 

While looking for toothpaste for my dogs, I was surprised by the number of ingredients in some of the formulations I researched, and concerned about how many I had never heard of.… Read full post

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Which Dog Toothbrush Should I Buy?

Believe me, dental disease is something you’re going to want to avoid if at all possible, and a dog toothbrush is a great start.    

See your vet

Nothing wrong with buying a toothbrush right now (and don’t forget the toothpaste!), but I recommend you make an appointment to have your dog’s teeth checked by your vet.… Read full post

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Cushings Disease in Dogs: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

 

Here is the simplest way to explain Cushing’s disease in dogs. 

The pituitary gland (at the base of the brain) produces a hormone called ACTH

ACTH stimulates the adrenal gland (on top of kidneys) to produce glucocorticoid hormones/corticosteroids (Cortisol)

Something goes wrong in the pituitary or adrenal glands

Too much cortisol is produced by the adrenals

Cushing’s disease develops

Who gets it and when

Dogs usually get Cushing’s when they’re around six, but it can really happen at any age.… Read full post

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How to Treat Kidney Disease in Dogs

We understand what kidney disease in senior dogs is, and how it is diagnosed. Now we are going to discuss the various treatment options available, to manage it as best we can. Treatment options for acute renal failure (ARF)

We know that acute kidney disease comes on quite suddenly. The cause could include leptospirosis, a parasite, eating foods dangerous to dogs, or drinking antifreeze.… Read full post

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Diagnosing Kidney Disease in Dogs

Basically, kidney disease in dogs is diagnosed by measuring the levels of two waste products in the blood: blood urea nitrogen (BUN) and creatinine. A urinalysis rounds out the testing.

Here is a bit more detail.

Urinalysis

When your vet asks you to bring in a urine sample from your dog, try and get the first urine of the day – mid stream is preferable, and try and get it to the vet within a couple of hours of collection. … Read full post

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Dog Tornado Activity Toy Review

 

Product: Dog Tornado Interactive Toy (Nina Ottosson)

Place to buy: Amazon.com

Product specifications: 11.5 inches x 9 inches x 4 inches

My rating: 8//10

Product Overview

The Dog Tornado interactive toy is designed to stimulate and challenge your dog mentally. It is a four tier, bone shaped, swivel toy, with compartments for hiding treats.… Read full post

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10 Hot Tips to Keep Your Senior Dog Warm and Protected This Winter

 

Winter is not even here yet, but I know Red is already starting to feel the cold. This summer wasn’t great (weatherwise), so it feels like she hasn’t been without a sweater in months. In this article I’m going to talk about the ways to keep your senior dog warm and protected this winter.… Read full post