Every winter it seems, I hear stories about pets and even wild animals, falling through ice and being rescued by emergency responders. Sadly, I also hear stories about people drowning while trying to save their pets. After a recent tragedy, I learned firsthand how dangerous a frozen pond is and why it’s so important to have an emergency plan.
As I’m sure every other pet owner can relate to, we have our share of little issues around here that ideally, there is an easy fix for. With two senior dogs now in the house attempting to walk on slippery floors, everyone’s annoying scooting dog bowl, and an out-of-the-ordinary number of car trips to the vet this year, those little issues started adding up. Fortunately, I came up with a cost-effective and easy solution to all of them.
Most people probably never think twice about getting a prescription from their vet and administering it to their cat or dog. While I do, I’m still susceptible to learning lessons that I feel are important and want to pass along to help others. My most recent experience with a couple of my dogs serves as a valuable lesson about asking lots of questions before the prescription is written and why I recommend small prescription amounts so you don’t end up with a large private pharmacy collection of expensive, unreturnable medication.
No, I’m not talking about a mate for your cat or dog. I’m talking about a mate for yourself. Finding someone who shares your outlook on animals and their well-being is important. When it comes to pets, I think people often underestimate how important having the support of their partner really is. Read more
Part of being a good pet owner is being observant. While it’s not a glamorous job, being observant of your pets’ output is necessary to ensure you catch any health issues early. Of course, checking output is important, but equally important is lack of it and oddity of it. Let me explain.
As many of you may know, there has been quite a bit of news out there lately about the health benefits of fasting. I actually personally do it myself and have even incorporated it into how I take care of my dogs. I think we are all exposed to more toxins than ever and anything we can do to try to help prevent disease in ourselves or our pets is something worth looking more into.
One of the saddest parts about being a dog owner is watching them suffer from arthritis. Whether the result of a medical condition (like hip dysplasia) that makes them prone to arthritis, the breed, an old injury, or just old age, arthritis can strike a dog at any age. If you notice your dog walking stiffly, having trouble getting up from a sitting or lying down position, or hesitance jumping on the bed, there’s a good chance your dog is suffering from arthritis.
While on one of my researching missions last fall, I stumbled across a blog post from 2013 that someone had written about water playtime being deadly for dogs. The author used words I’d never seen or heard of before, ‘water toxicity’ and ‘Hyponatremia’. After I read the post and the sad comments that had been left by owners who had tragically lost dogs to Hyponatremia, I knew this was a topic I had to write about to warn other dog owners.
Last year, when my dog Roxie was diagnosed with cancer, I immediately came home and spent hours and hours researching things that would help get her better. A lot of the supplements I read about that were recommended, I’d never heard of. There was one that caught my attention though, because of how it is administered in dire cases and what ailments it can help with in both cats and dogs. It was vitamin C. I never realized how many things vitamin C was good for treating in cats and dogs until I researched further.
This was a tough post to find the right wording for the title. I wrote several of them before settling on the final version you see. Part of me wanted the title to read, “If your dog stops eating, PLEASE don’t mess around. Get them to the vet!” Of course, that’s my gut reaction after losing Sadie so soon after she completely stopped eating one night. Then, there are the other titles I came up with like “First they stopped eating, then they died.” And while morbid and dramatic, that’s really kinda how my two experiences with this topic have played out. This post isn’t meant to scare you, but to show you how a dog’s lack of appetite can be a huge red flag that something is very seriously wrong with your dog.