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  • When Does My Dog Need a Coat?

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    When Does My Dog Need a Coat?

    When does my dog need a coat? It’s a question I’ve not heard enough this winter because too few people understand that it’s not just small dogs that benefit from winter clothing. First, let me preface by saying that I don’t believe that dogs should be worn as accessories. I also don’t believe that dogs […]

  • Budget Dog Food For Your Dog

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    Buying Budget Dog Food: When You Need to Cut Back

    In an ideal world, we would all eat gourmet meals and our dogs would eat the finest food available. Unfortunately, this isn’t an ideal world and sometimes we have to settle for frozen meals and budget dog food. If you are like me and have been spoiled by being able to feed your dog the […]

  • Angry Dog Behavior

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    Reading Dog Body Language: Anger and Aggressive Body Language Cues

    In my last post, I covered the importance of understanding canine body language. I also profiled a few stress-related behavioral profiles. Today, I will be continuing this series on reading dog body language with a look at anger and aggression-related cues. Anger and Aggressive Body Language Cues Anger or aggression related body language cues are […]

  • Dog Body Language

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    Reading Dog Body Language: Stress Related Cues

    Why is Dog Body Language Important? Dog body language is the single method of communication that your dog has to convey their mood and physical health. For humans, body language refers to posture, non-verbal cues, and actions. This is no different for dogs, however, reading dog body language can present some challenges for non-dogs. Dog Body […]

  • When you need to say no, you may not pet my dog

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    How to Politely Say No, You May Not Pet My Dog

    If you have a dog with leash reactivity, anxiety, aggression concerns, or if you have a dog in training, telling people “no, you may not pet my dog” can be troubling. Today I want to talk about how to go about it. A Common Occurrence Over the years there have been more situations than I […]

  • Senior Dog Medications

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    Do You Read Your Dog Medication Inserts? You Should

    Do you read your dog medication inserts? You should, and let me tell you why. On January 28, 2014, Jet was diagnosed with mitral valve insufficiency via cardiac ultrasound. We began him on 20mg of Enalapril daily. On May 15, 2014, Jet’s heart murmur had increased from a grade 2 to a grade 3. We […]

  • Heart Disease in Dogs

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    Kibble For Dogs with Heart Disease

    You might remember if you have been here for a while, that I have a spreadsheet of low phosphorus kibble options. These kibble options contain varied levels of phosphorus, all below .8 These kibble options contain varied levels of phosphorus, all below .8. I began researching them and keeping a spreadsheet after Jet developed struvite […]

  • Philosophy of Dog Senior Pets

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    The Importance of Respite Care For Senior Pet Parents

    Being a caretaker is hard. It drains you physically, mentally, and emotionally. You spend your “off time” researching medications, supplements, aiding devices, diets, and exercises. Although that “off time” is seldom found because when you aren’t being a caretaker, you are working overtime to pay for those medications, supplements, aiding devices, diets, and exercise tools. […]