Dogs

What is Food Therapy?

Hippocrates said, “Let medicine be your food and food be your medicine.”

Food therapy is the practice of using different foods and herbs to treat pets based on genetic tendencies, age, species, environment, personality, stress level and disease patterns.

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Leash Lessons

A leash is a leash is a leash, right? Wrong!

If your pup’s on a less-than-ideal lead, you may actually be encouraging pulling or even hurting your dog. Use this guide to find the correct fit for your canine and start off on the right paw with leash training classes.

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Diagnosing and Treating Your Own Pet: The Dangers of Dr. Google

I think we can all agree that the internet is an amazing resource, one that has completely transformed our lives. Do you remember having to actually step foot inside of a library to research a topic? Now, we just say “Google it”, and viola- we have instant answers. We have all been there- we jump on Web MD because we have a sore throat, and suddenly we are afraid we may have a life threatening illness.

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Beat Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a deadly condition veterinarians see every summer. It can be caused when an owner leaves his/her pet unattended in a parked vehicle, during strenuous exercise at the hottest time of the day or when a pet is kept outside without access to shade.

Dogs with short muzzles, like pugs, boxers and Boston terriers, and dogs with heavy coats are especially at risk, but even indoor pets may be in danger if the temperature inside is not cool enough. Other predisposing risks include obesity, underlying heart disease and upper airway disorders.

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Benefit of Laser Therapy for Dogs

Would your dog benefit from laser therapy? Quite possibly. In fact, many pet lovers aren’t aware of this safe, non-invasive procedure even though it’s been used on humans for over 40 years.

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Canine Good Citizenship: Can Your Pup Pass the Test?

You’ve got a great dog — but is he/she a good citizen?

The American Kennel Club (AKC)’s Canine Good Citizen program was designed to reward dogs with good manners at home and in the community, as well as their owners.  A 10-step basic obedience test is required to earn the official AKC Canine Good Citizen title.

As a professional dog trainer, my dream is that all dog owners aspire to this goal.

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After Adoption: Why Your Shelter Pet Still Needs to See a Veterinarian

Congratulations on the adoption of your new pet!  We are thrilled that you decided to adopt a pet from the shelter and save a life! 

When a dog or cat is adopted from the shelter, he/she is most likely current on vaccines, has been spayed or neutered and has been microchipped.  The shelters work hard to make adopting a pet as easy as possible.  However, it is still very important to follow up with your veterinarian soon after adoption. 

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A Natural Approach to Skin Allergies

Skin disease is frustrating no matter which system of medicine is used to treat it. It almost always requires a multimodal approach, meaning it needs to be attacked from several different angles. This is especially true when pet owners want to keep long-term medication to a minimum.

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