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Today is National Mutt Day and I am dedicating this post to my sweet boy, Mack. I adopted him from the shelter after he had been found on the side of the road as a puppy with a broken leg. He loved to swim and retrieve like a Labrador, he protected my children like a guard dog, and let them ‘doctor’ him and use him as their pillow - he was their best snuggle buddy.. Mixed breed dogs are fabulous additions to the family and here are 5 reasons to encourage you to adopt one:
The 4th of July is easily one of my favorite holidays. I love swimming with my kids in the pool or riding the waves with them at the beach, snacking on fresh fruit and juicy cheeseburgers, and spending time with family and friends. I haven’t stayed awake to watch the fireworks in years, but they are also one of my favorite parts of the 4th. My dog, however, does not share the same enjoyment. I have always had at least one dog who was terrified of fireworks (and thunderstorms too) and that always caused me a bit of anxiety when I knew the 4th of July week was coming up. Over the years I found ways to lessen his fears, so I wanted to share those with you as well other tips to keep your fur baby safe on the 4th.
Let me just say, cats are awesome family members! I have people ask me all the time if they should get a hamster, a guinea pig, or maybe a rabbit because their child really wants a pet but they don’t have the time to train a puppy. Enter: the family cat. There are many reasons to consider adding a feline to the family and since June is adopt a shelter cat month, I thought I would talk about what wonderful pets cats are and how to go about adding one to your family.
If you follow me on social media, you know we have welcomed 2 new family members: Banks, a yellow lab puppy & Hemingway, a black lab puppy. We love them and are so excited, but within days of bringing them home they were both hospitalized with parvovirus. In talking to my friends and family I realized people do not really know much about this potentially deadly illness! So, I thought it was a good topic to discuss through my website and hopefully spread knowledge!
Love. Loyalty. Companionship. Protection. Entertainment. Inspiration. Our pets give to us every day, unconditionally, mostly without prompts or bribes (I said mostly!). I would not be the veterinarian I am today without the influence of my childhood dog, Belle. I would not be the mom (fur and human) I am without first mothering my cat Samson, who was my very first pet as an adult. My patients fill me up – even when they are sick, their strength encourages me and inspires me to be a better doctor. I am not sure it is really possible to thank these creatures for all they give to us, but I am attempting it!
Lyme disease is the most reported vector-borne disease in the United States. Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks and affects both humans as well as animals causing illness, and even death, if not caught and treated on time. With common symptoms like lameness (limping), decreased appetite and lethargy, Lyme disease can be difficult to tell apart from other ailments that could affect our dogs. The month of May is dedicated to Lyme Disease Awareness so I have put together some facts on this common and potentially deadly disease.
Pet food is a frequent topic of conversation among pet owners and veterinarians. What should I feed my dog? Dry kibble? Canned food? What about a raw diet? Or homemade diet? We all want to make the best decision for our animals and give them the best nutrients possible, but if you have read anything about pet food recently, you know that isn’t so easy to do.
Spring has sprung in many states across the USA and I don’t know about you but both of my dogs have been out and about – laying in sunbeams, helping us in the garden, and even venturing to the beach! As these warm days sneak up on us, we all need to remember the warmer weather exposes our pets to ectoparasites like fleas and ticks. And this year, there is a new tick to be concerned about, the Asian Longhorned tick, whose behavior makes using year round prevention more important than ever.
With the start of the new year comes promises of improved health and better choices. We hope to begin with a clean slate and pursue our own personal goals. But what about our pets? If they could set a New Year’s Resolution what would it be?