Dog Health Care

Dog Coughs After Drinking Water — What’s Going On

Few sights are as hypnotic as watching a dog’s tongue curl as he laps water from his favorite dish. Naturally, like any of us, sometimes our dogs drink too fast or they are temporarily distracted, and a few drops go down the wrong way. You’ve started noticing a disturbing trend, though. It seems that every time your …

Is Your Dog Peeing a Lot? Should You Worry?

My dog, Baby, is a healthy and happy Bluetick Coonhound mix. Our daily walks in the forest are constantly interrupted by various calls of nature. Baby is a scenthound, so she has an instinctive need to smell every tree trunk, pile of deer droppings and disturbed patch of pine straw in the forest. When that isn’t …

Signs of Arthritis in Dogs — Recognizing Dog Arthritis Symptoms Early and Treating Them

If you’ve got an older dog, maybe some of this sounds sadly familiar. You used to go outside and play for hours. At the dog park, those other hounds could never hope to keep up with your quick-footed canine. Your furry friend could easily jump over most obstacles, so putting up pet gates at home …

Your Questions about Kennel Cough — Answered

Many dog parents have heard about kennel cough — but a lot of us wonder exactly what it is and if the term “kennel” truly has anything to do with it. To get some insight, we turned to an expert, Dr. Richard Ford, who is a Professor of Medicine at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary …

Pet Insurance for Dogs — Should You Have It?

You might be surprised to learn how common pet insurance is outside North America. “In Sweden, about 60 percent of cats and dogs have medical insurance,” says Darryl Rawlings, chief operating officer of Seattle-based Trupanion. “In the U.K., 27 to 28 percent of pets have medical insurance.” But in the United States and Canada, less …

Yellow Dog Poop — Should You Worry About It?

A dog’s poop can tell you a lot about what’s going on inside his body by both its consistency and its color. For instance, red or black poop can indicate that your dog is bleeding from somewhere in his gastrointestinal tract. But what does yellow dog poop mean? Yellow dog poop — is it serious? …

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 …

Game Changing Vet Care for Your Fuzzy Friend iHeartDogs.com

Nearly every day, you and your best friend have grand adventures. You take long walks, you romp around at dog parks, and sometimes, you just go for joy rides with the windows down and the air lifting her ears. You and your dog are going places. All the time.  Today you’ve got an important visit …

9 Cold-Weather Tips for Dogs and Dog Owners 9-cold-weather-tips-for-dogs-and-dog-owners

Winter weather came rather quickly this year, especially in some parts of the country. Temperatures plummeted into the 30s (degrees Fahrenheit) in the South. Snow has already covered parts of the Midwest. I pulled out my dog’s sweatshirts and winter coats from their storage box as I donned my own scarf, hat and coat. Yep, …

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 …