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 …

Oregano Oil for Dogs: What to Know

Recently, studies have shown an increasingly bright light on the potential health benefits of oregano oil for dogs. Oregano oil (or oil of oregano) has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic properties. But as with all essential oils, oregano oil for dogs needs to be used properly and carefully, with the emphasis on finding a therapeutic-grade …

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 …

Tips for Cleaning Dog Beds

One of my worst childhood memories was returning home from vacation to find our house had been infested with fleas. We had been gone for a couple of weeks in the summer, and the infestation was unaccountable. My family had a dog, but she was an outside dog, making the invasion even more perplexing. This …

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? …

Sardines for Dogs? Can Dogs Eat Sardines?

Sardines for dogs? Yep, everyone in my animal house adores canned sardines. In fact, I’m not sure who loves them more— the dogs, the cats or me! I also appreciate the fact that you can buy sardines practically anywhere, at any time of the day or night. This is why I recommend stockpiling cans of …

Is Smoking Weed Around Dogs Dangerous?

I seem to be the Internet’s go-to guy when it comes to questions about pets and marijuana — like “Is smoking weed around dogs dangerous?” It started when I wrote a few blog posts about what to do if your dog breaks into a stash of marijuana. At around the same time, I also composed …