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Common Toxic Garden Plants to your Dog

April 6th, 2012|

What follows is a long list of toxic garden plants, ranging from bulbs to perennials to trees and shrubs.

If you like to garden, try to avoid using any from this list.

If you already have some of these poisonous garden plants, consider creating a fenced-in run to keep your dog away from your gardens.
Bulbs
If your dog loves to dig in your yard or garden, these toxic garden plants are particularly dangerous.

The bulb is the […]

Recognizing Bloat – a deadly condition for your dog

March 27th, 2012|

Bloat: A Canine Killer

BY HEATHER DAVIS

It’s true: reading this article could save your dog’s life.

If you’re a dog guardian, chances are you have at some point heard the term “bloat”; however, many dog lovers still don’t understand exactly what this condition is, or how fatal it can be. We hope the following information helps you in understanding how to help prevent, recognize and treat this life-threatening condition to give your dog the best chance at […]

Allergies in Frenchies

March 26th, 2012|

Spring is here! The grass is starting to grow, flowers are blooming, trees are budding and your Frenchie may be itchy!

The top 3 most common reasons for your Frenchie to be itchy, especially in the spring are:
Seasonal/Environmental Allergies (also known as Atopy)
Food Allergies (Although most dogs are itchy throughout the year)
Topical Parasites such as fleas and flea allergy dermatitis

I would like to take this opportunity to review Seasonal Allergies, a very seemingly common condition […]

Celebrating our senior pets.

March 10th, 2012|

The definition of a senior pet in terms of age varies with species and breed. A cat is considered senior at approximately 10-12 years of age. A large breed dog could be considered a senior at 7 years of age whereas a small breed dog could be considered a senior at 10 years of age or even older. It is evident that the needs of a senior pet change but even more important to […]

Positive Reinforcement Training – Finding your dogs motivation.

January 13th, 2012|

 

Most of the time when positive reinforcement-based trainers talk about rewarding behavior we are referring to using food.  Since most dogs love to eat, and an edible tidbit is very easy to work with, food is the most commonly offered reinforcement.

Many dogs will happily gobble up a pebble if it’s offered to them, but not all dogs are that easy to please.  The commercial dog treat that Shiloh loves may pale in comparison to […]

Winter Safety Tips

January 11th, 2012|

The following article will outline my Top 5 Winter Safety Tips to help keep your Frenchie safe and healthy throughout the winter months.

Walking in the Dark: During the winter, you’ll often find that your walking your dog in the dark, whether it be early in the morning or in the early evening. With that, I certainly recommend a reflective collar and leash be used at all times. You can also find many winter coats […]

The importance of quality food for your frenchie.

November 14th, 2011|

Veterinary nutrition is one of the most important aspects regarding the health of your dog. We have the ability as pet owners to provide a good, well-balanced, healthy diet for our pets every meal of the day. From a veterinary perspective, we certainly see the health effects from feeding your dog a good quality food. Some of these benefits include a healthier skin and hair coat, higher energy and activity level, and a healthier […]

Common Skin Problems in Puppy Rescue Dogs that we run into.

October 27th, 2011|

When we are acquiring a new rescue dog, parasitic control can be a major concern. Immediate attention and medication for ecto and endo parasites are essential to avert an infestation.

One of the most common ecto parasites (meaning external) are often fleas usually visible to the naked eye by either seeing small brown dots scurrying through the lighter parts of the coat such as lower ventral abdomen or finding suspicious tiny black debris deposits in […]

Separation Anxiety, helping your dog become more confident.

October 21st, 2011|

 

 

When treating separation anxiety it is important to understand WHY the dog is experiencing anxiety. Dogs are social animals and a disruption in the social order can lead to stress. Some dogs bond closely to one person and so you often see separation anxiety, not at the level of destruction within the home, but to a person. This manifests itself in barking, lunging and growling at anyone who comes close or in pacing, whining, […]

ARTHRITIS IN FRENCHIES

September 30th, 2011|

ARTHRITIS IN FRENCHIES
Arthritis is defined as inflammation of the joints.   It is a common condition diagnosed in many dog breeds, however it is often more prevalent in ‘chrondrodystrophic’ breeds [breeds with shortened limbs] such as French bulldogs, English Bulldogs and L’hasa Apso dogs.  Factors such as genetics, obesity, joint malformations [such as hip dysplasia] and wear and tear all contribute to the development of this condition.  It is usually chronic and develops later in […]