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  • Your Dog's Water Bowl

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    What is Really in Your Dog’s Water Bowl?

    Okay, it’s time for a little honesty. How many of you refill your dog’s water bowl on a daily basis? Raise your hands. And how many of you scrub and clean your dog’s water bowl with soap and water before you refill it? Keep them raised… That’s what I thought. Today we’re going to look […]

  • Canine Syncope

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    What Do You Do When Your Dog Has a Syncope Episode?

    This afternoon Jet had a syncope episode. He has had them before and I’ve posted about them before here on Philosophy of Dog. This afternoon was the first time that it didn’t happen in the comfort of our home, though. Jet was out in the front yard with his dad when it happened and he […]

  • Sundowning

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    Sundowner’s Syndrome in Senior Dogs

    In the past few months, Jet has begun to display signs of Sundowner’s Syndrome. If you have experience working with the elderly or with someone with dementia, then you may have heard of this term before. Sundowning is a term that was known in the Alzheimer’s and dementia circles, but a few years ago, veterinarians […]

  • Zoonotic Diseases

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    Can I Catch This From My Dog?

    Earlier this week, I was talking to my friend who has two dogs of her own. Her largest dog, whom she affectionately refers to as “the big orange dog” because he is a very large and very orange Rhodesian Ridgeback, was feeling a little under the weather. Incidentally, my friend was also feeling under the […]

  • Canine Lipoma

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    Lipomas, Histiocytomas, and Sebaceous Cysts

    If you read my post: Canine Hemangiosarcoma – AKA How Jet Kicked Cancer’s Butt then you know that Jet has survived canine cancer. When you have a dog that has survived canine cancer, it can make you extremely watchful of any lumps and bumps that crop up in the future. When your dog is a senior dog, this […]

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    A Natural Ear Cleaning Solution For Dogs

    Jet has Labrador ears.     I don’t mean that as a statement of the obvious. There is a common understanding among Labrador owners that Labs are prone to gunky ears. The cause of this is a combination of pendulous ears and a love for water. Sometimes just the pendulous ears or “drop-ears” and a […]

  • What is Knuckling?

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    What is Knuckling?

    You may or may not have heard of the term “knuckling.” Today I want to talk about knuckling in dogs, what it is, why it happens, and what – if anything – you can do about it.     What is Knuckling?   Jet knuckles his feet. What does this mean? It means that he […]

  • Jet Xray

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    Supplements For Dogs With Arthritis

    Today I want to talk about the bane of my boy’s existence – arthritis. Just like people, dogs get arthritis. Usually, arthritis is more commonly seen in older dogs, but certain injuries and illnesses can also contribute to the earlier development of arthritis. For Jet, his arthritis is due to unilateral hip dysplasia in his […]

  • Know Your Dog's Vitals Copyright PhilosophyofDog.com

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    Know Your Dog’s Vitals

    Today I spent entirely too long putting together this infographic on knowing your dog’s vitals. I hope that you find it useful. Please feel free to use it, so long as you leave the mention of our site intact 🙂  

  • Canine Syncope, Seizure, Heart Attack and Stroke

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    Senior Dog Syncope, Seizures, Stroke, and Heart Attack Part 5

    Yesterday, in the fourth installment of an article series on syncope, seizures, stroke and heart attack in dogs, I talked about heart attack in dogs and how it compares to syncope, seizures, and stroke. If you missed this article, you can find it here. If you missed the first installment of the article series, you […]

  • Heart Attack in Dogs

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    Senior Dog Syncope, Seizures, Stroke, and Heart Attack Part 4

    A couple of days ago (my apologies, I was a little under the weather,) in the third installment of an article series on syncope, seizures, stroke and heart attack in dogs, I talked about strokes in dogs and how they compare to syncope and seizures. If you missed this article, you can find it here. […]