Health

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The Doctor’s In - Spinal Disk Disease

Q: “I have a somewhat arthritic 12-year-old Beagle, and when he started dragging a hind leg, I didn’t think too much of it. But the vet was very concerned about a spinal disk problem, and wanted him to have a myelogram right away. Are disk problems common in dogs? How serious are they?” more

Pregnancy, Babies, and the Family Dog

“So what are your plans for re-homing Charlotte before Jake is born? Just wondering. Love Mom.” Charlotte is my 11-year-old Pit Bull, whom I adopted as a young pup. She’s a delightful dog provided you are not of the canine species, and has been a wonderful companion. But in the presence of any unknown dog she is true to her breed: a major hassle for even the skilled handler and a frightening canine psychopath to the lay observer. more

Protect Your Dog's Mind From the Effects of Aging

Wizard, my 12-year-old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, was showing behaviour changes. Sometimes he seemed to forget what he was supposed to do when given...more
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Best Breeds for Allergy Sufferers

While no dog is 100 percent hypoallergenic, there are many breeds with consistent and predictable coats that the AKC suggests for allergy sufferers. These...more

DIY Eat - Peanut Butter and Banana Oat Drops

Grains are a hardy source of energy for your dog, but fillers such as refined wheat, corn, cereal, and rice grains can lead to obesity, diabetes, and allergic reactions. Oats are an excellent easily-digested alternative that provides fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Dogs are rarely allergic to oats. more

DIY Eat - Frozen Treats

Keep your pups cool with these frozen treats! more
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Probiotics

Beneficial bacteria can out-compete some of the bad bacteria. more
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The Cancer Diet for Dogs

Cancer. It’s about the scariest word a pet owner can hear. There are many different types of cancers. Some cancers will have tumours and others are cancers of the blood that do not have visible growths. Not all tumours are malignant; some are benign and are simply a tumour that can be surgically removed and your dog will recover fully. Other types of cancer are more insidious and cannot easily be treated. Fortunately, there are now treatment options for most canine cancers and those treatments are improving all the time. Thirty years ago, we never would have considered that a dog could survive a cancer diagnosis. Now, we are faced with the challenges of supporting a dog both during and after treatment. more
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Jealousy

“If you pet one, you have to pet them all. They get really jealous. If they think that one of them is getting more of anything, affection, food, or whatever, they turn into green-eyed monsters.”more
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Joint Pain? Try Stem Cell Therapy

Substantial joint damage and degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis once meant constant pain and a slow decline for afflicted dogs and cats, but a new treatment is now improving patients’ quality of life by reducing pain and inflammation and actually rebuilding healthy tissues.more

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