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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 …

Does Your Dog Wake You Up in the Middle of the Night? We Can Help!

Editor’s note: Have you seen the new Dogster print magazine in stores? Or in the waiting room of your vet’s office? This article appeared in our October-November issue. Subscribe to Dogster and get the bimonthly magazine delivered to your home. We all need sleep, dogs included. But sometimes your dog wakes up in the middle of …

Do Dogs Need Carbohydrates?

Carbs have been blamed for everything from canine obesity to cancer. This is not only a shame but potentially harmful because the healthiest foods on the planet and the bulk of anti-cancer foods contain — get ready for it — carbs. In this article, I speak up for the carb and talk about why your …

How to Tell If Your Dog Has a Cold

I had just completed my physical exam and was beginning to discuss my findings when Dr. Google joined us. I was seated across from a smartly dressed, smartphone-wielding young client. As she flashed the screen to show me her list of demands, I noticed a clear drop of liquid reflecting from the nostril of the …

Pancreatitis in Dogs

But veterinarians view this time of year more as the TTS — the tummy trouble season. The number of dogs rushed to emergency veterinary clinics in the middle of the night due to digestive issues seems to spike during the holidays. And, topping the list of tummy traumas in dogs is a potentially lethal condition …

A Friendly Food for your Dog’s Health

And, did you know that our canine companions also benefit from fiber? While there is no recommended daily allowance (RDA) for dogs, getting the right amount — and the right type —  can help keep your dog in tip-top shape. Let’s take a closer look at fiber, its benefits and some fiber-rich foods your dog …

What Fruits and Vegetables Are Safe for Dogs?

Have you ever perused the produce section of your grocery store and marveled at the display of fresh strawberries in the middle of winter? Or wondered how dozens of apple varieties are available all year round? Welcome to the transportation age, where fruits and vegetables grown halfway around the country — or the world — …

Dog Ear Infection — What to Do

Bosco was a cheerful Cocker Spaniel, quick with a lick and a wag. His mom, however, was not so cheerful and remarkably reluctant to smile. I was seeing Bosco for the first time, and his major issue was one many Cocker Spaniels face: chronic ear infections. “All I want to know is how bad is …

CBD Oil for Dogs

CBD dispensaries have popped up in many states all over the country in people’s hunt for wellness. But CBD oil can also be used to help dogs with anxiety and other issues. What is CBD and how does it work? And, will it give your dog the munchies? First, let’s define some of the terms …

7 Tips for Creating a Dog-Friendly Easter Egg Hunt

Editor’s note: This article appeared in Dogster magazine. Subscribe to Dogster and get the bimonthly magazine delivered to your home. Spring brings us good weather and holidays we can share with our dogs. Kids aren’t the only ones who enjoy searching for goodies hidden around the house or yard. A dog’s sense of smell makes him the perfect …