veterinary challenges 3 – the confusion grows

I’ve been doing my best to be a good a patient for my dog and follow doctor’s orders. Only feeding Hubbell the Royal Canin HP and Hill’s Hypoallergenic treats. And it’s killing me! This diet isn’t of the quality that I’m used to giving my dogs. (Jagger’s diet is unchanged.) It is now day 19 and there is no change to Hubbell’s bowel movements. Add to...
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veterinary challenges 2 – maybe it’s a food allergy?

Oh boy! Hubbell is now 15 days without a normal bowel movement. That’s a heck of way to start a new post, don’tcha think? 15 days! He is through the medications and bland diets that my vet at Indian Walk Veterinary Center prescribed.  And, while there are no other signs of illness – he is active, eating, drinking – there is clearly something wrong. Off to an internal...
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veterinary challenges

We try so hard to do our best for our dogs to keep them healthy, mentally and physically. We feed only the best quality diets, ensure that they get plenty of exercise, give them all the love we have, a safe, warm home, and we get them to the vet for their routine health checks and vaccinations. What do we do when something is out of our control? Hubbell, my 11-month-old Golden, has a severe...
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“just a dog”

I remember growing up in the ’70s and always having a dog or a cat – or multiples – in our home. Living with dogs was very different then, wasn’t it? Food choices were easily drilled down to Alpo, Dog Chow, Gaines Burgers or few others. Training your dog meant rolled up newspaper swats on the snout and rubbing noses in mistakes in the house.  Dogs seemed to have very...
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dog breed selection and changing lifestyles

Recently I’ve had several new clients who are facing challenges with their high-energy, young dogs.  There is something in common with all of these owners; they are seniors now, well into their 60’s and looking forward to enjoying their retirement; their “golden years.”   While they want to be active seniors, they seem to be learning that they aren’t quite up to...
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stop and smell the roses (and the grass, and the air, and the dead stuff)

My fascination with and love of dogs keeps me always pushing my education as a certified dog trainer forward. From ears to tail, there is much to learn and understand.  Lately, I’ve reading about the dog’s sense of smell. In fact, dogs use their noses more readily than they use their eyes. When you come into the room, your dog is more likely to recognize you by the way you smell than by the...
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