Common Health Issues

Can You Use Human OTC Eye Drops as Eye Drops for Dogs?

One morning last summer, I spotted a troubling green discharge in the corner of my dog, Baby’s, right eye. I spend the best part of each day thinking, researching and writing about other dog owners’ canine health and behavior questions. Weirdly, this means I often take my own dog’s hardiness and well-being for granted. For several heartbeats, I experienced the …

Homemade Dog Shampoo — 3 Simple Recipes

Dog grooming is a huge business, and many dog parents are excited that their puppy pals should look and smell their best when they go out in public. Of course, not every dog is going to strike a pose on the show stage, and it can be fun to craft your own homemade dog shampoo …

Dog Digestive System Basics — How Long Does it Take for a Dog to Digest Food?

Most dog owners don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their own digestive processes, much less the basics of the dog digestive system. The only times we really engage with the dog digestive system are when we feed our dogs and when we trot them out to eliminate their waste. But what happens to a …

Can Dogs Eat Pumpkins? What About Other Fall Vegetables?

With Halloween coming up soon, most dog parents are wondering: “Can dogs eat pumpkins?” To that end, are other fall fruits and vegetables safe for dogs to eat? Let’s take a look at a representative sampling, including such autumnal favorites as: Apples Beets Broccoli Cabbage Cauliflower Green beans Kale Lettuce Oats Pumpkins Radishes Spinach Sweet potatoes Zucchini Can …

How to Tell If a Puppy Is a Boy or a Girl

Physical differences between male and female dogs are both slighter and less obvious than those between other kinds of domestic pets or farm animals. Distinguishing between a male and female turkey, for example, tends to be quite easy, especially once they reach maturity. Differences in size and plumage between these birds are clear and striking. …

What to Do About a Collapsed Trachea in Dogs

Recently my inbox has been inundated with questions from dog owners from around the world. That, in and of itself, is not unusual. However, lately I have noticed a marked uptick in questions about what to do about a collapsed trachea in dogs. First, what is a trachea? Small dogs like Chihuahuas are prone to …

Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails?

Dog tails. Their sizes, lengths and fur volumes are as distinct and individual as the dogs who wag them. Have you ever stopped to think about — and I mean, really strike your best Rodin’s The Thinker pose and contemplate — the form or function of a dog’s tail? Unlike the prehensile tails sported by creatures …