By now I assume everyone with a dog has already heard about the recent Evanger's recall.  For anyone who hasn't heard, perhaps those of you who don't have dogs or don't feed Evanger's/commercial dog foods, all this started back in January after one dog died and others became ill from consuming Evanger's Hunk of Beef canned food.  It was eventually determined that Evanger's canned food manufactured in June of 2016 tested positive for the euthanasia drug Pentobarbital. ...continue reading "My Thoughts on the Evanger’s Recall"

Before I discovered essential oil diffusers, I was a big fan of scented candles.  Who doesn't love when their house smells nice?  Unfortunately having pets and stinky neighbors means that our house doesn't always smell quite as fresh as I'd like.  Candles can help set the atmosphere in our homes, serve as decorations, and fill our homes with their pleasant odors.  Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be common knowledge that some candles can also be dangerous and/or not environmentally friendly. ...continue reading "Is it Safe to Burn Candles Around Pets?"

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Visiting the vet is one of the many responsibilities that comes with owning a pet. It may not be fun, but it's important for your pets health. Challenging economic times couple with the rising cost of quality vet care means that more people than ever are struggling to pay their pets expensive vet bills. Pet ownership isn't something that should be entered into lightly, and you should always make sure you are financially able to care for an animal before bringing it into your home. However, even for the most prepared owners, sometimes things happen that are out of our control. ...continue reading "Financial Help with Veterinarian Care"

With the holidays right around the corner, pet vaccination schedules are probably one of the last things on most people's minds!  However, with the new year quickly approaching, and pet license renewals looming in the near future for many pet owners, it's important to make sure your pets are up to date on their rabies vaccines. ...continue reading "Don’t Forget to Renew Your Pet’s Rabies Vaccine!"

66Last June I posted my first impressions of FleaHex, an all natural flea control product sold by Dr.Dobias.  FleaHex is sold as a two part system that includes a shampoo for your dog as well as a household spray.  In June I wasn't able to say much about FleaHex's efficiency since, at the time, we had only used the product once.  We've been using FleaHex consistently for 5 months so I figured that now is as good a time as any to post an update about how it's been working for us. ...continue reading "FleaHex All Natural Flea Control Review"

66My Papillon, Kitsune, will be 8 next month.  Coming to terms with the fact that he's getting old hasn't exactly been easy for me.  Many vets consider 8 year old dogs to be seniors.  Kit is still active and playful, but the black hairs on his face are starting to turn white, and he suffers from arthritis in his back legs.  Our vet gave us prescription pain meds (NSAIDS) for when Kit has bad days with his arthritis, but they come with a host of side effects that I'd like to avoid, if at all possible. ...continue reading "How CBD Has Helped Kitsune"

66November, as well as being Adopt a Senior Pet Month, is also Pet Cancer Awareness Month.  The awareness campaign was started in 2005 by the VPI Pet Insurance company (http://www.petinsurance.com). The VPI website states that cancer is "the No. 1 disease-related killer of dogs and cats. Fortunately, early detection and treatment of cancer in pets can prolong life and increase chances of survival." For the thousands of pet owners who have had to deal with cancer in their pets, this is a message that hits particularly close to home. ...continue reading "November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month"

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Many owners will, on occasion, share a small tidbit of human food with their canine companions. But it's important to make sure that you are aware of what foods are safe, and which ones can potentially be dangerous. Grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs, and at certain concentrations can even be fatal. ...continue reading "Grapes and Raisins are Toxic to Dogs"

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Plenty of exercise is key to keeping most dogs happy, healthy, and out of trouble. Keeping your dog's mind and body active has countless benefits. But we can't control the weather, and it can sometimes be difficult to follow a regular exercise routine when the weather prohibits us from spending time outdoors with our pets. ...continue reading "Exercising Your Dog Indoors"

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Last week I wrote about why I started supplementing my 7 year old Papillon, Kitsune, with turmeric.  Because I already went over it, I won't get too much into the 'why' in this post, but feel free to go back and read about all the awesome benefits Kit's received from consuming turmeric.  Basically, I started giving it to him for his arthritis, and was pleasantly surprised when it started improving not only his sore legs, but a couple of other issues as well. ...continue reading "Kitsune’s Turmeric Treats"