dogs

  • Greyhounds Going Home

    Greyhounds are loveable companion pets. However, every year, thousands of greyhounds are bred for the 27 remaining racetracks in the US. The dogs are intentionally over-bred so that there are always new dogs to replace aging and underperforming greyhounds.

  • Washing Woes

    The situation is a fairly common one in winter and spring: you’re out for a walk with your dog in a wooded area, enjoying the changing season and cool breeze. Fido trots alongside you, but stops to sniff at something next to the path. He then drops and rolls in whatever caught his attention. Unfortunately, it’s a pile of wild animal droppings.

    Give Fido a bath and avoid disaster
  • Heartworm Pills for Pooches

    “That’s a tricky question,” says Shannon Hudzik, VMD, at Carmel Holistic Veterinary Clinic in California. The good news is you don’t have to worry about heartworm-infected mosquitoes biting your dog until the temperature has remained above 57 degrees for two weeks.

    My vet pushes me to give my dog heartworm pills each spring. Are the drugs really necessary?
  • Let Rover Relax: Massage Therapy for Pets

    Ah, a relaxing massage….
     
    You lie down on the table, feeling every muscle relax, feeling all the tension and tightness massaged away. This feels better than chasing after rabbits or that bacon flavored bone you chewed on last night.
     

  • Let Rover Relax: Massage Therapy for Pets

    Ah, a relaxing massage….
     
    You lie down on the table, feeling every muscle relax, feeling all the tension and tightness massaged away. This feels better than chasing after rabbits or that bacon flavored bone you chewed on last night.
     

  • Let Rover Relax: Massage Therapy for Pets

    Ah, a relaxing massage….
     
    You lie down on the table, feeling every muscle relax, feeling all the tension and tightness massaged away. This feels better than chasing after rabbits or that bacon flavored bone you chewed on last night.
     

  • Tips for Cooling Your Pet This Summer

    >>HaircutsHave your pet’s coat trimmed. Not only does this cut down on shedding (and cut down on your vacuuming), but it also cools your pet by reducing the added weight of their additional fur.
     
    >>Hydrate!

  • When Fido Freaks

     

    Sudden loud noises—think thunder, alarm clocks, and doorbells—can cause anxious pets to tremble, pace, cry, drool, and generally go nuts.

    By Cara McDonald
  • Keep Spot Svelte

    Between hiking, swimming, and fetching Frisbees at the beach, dogs get ample exercise all summer. But as days grow colder and shorter, their activity levels dip and their weight creeps up. Here’s how to help Spot stave off excess pounds this fall.

    By Melaina Juntti
  • Soothe Patches' Scratches

    Does your dog scratch himself silly this time of year? Like you, he may be allergic to early-summer pollens and molds. But steroid-based itch treatments can cause diabetes, osteoporosis, and liver disease, warns Shawn Messonnier, DVM, holistic vet and author of The Natural Health Bible for Dogs and Cats (Three Rivers Press, 2001). Here are natural ways to fight the itch.

    by O'Rya Hyde-Keller