Guest post by Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VMD CVA My integrative veterinary practice stems from personal experience in managing my own chronic health issues through a combination of Western (conventional) and non-conventional medical perspectives. I have achieved success in improving my well being through an integrative medical approach, I intend for my animal patients to experience similar [...]
According to most veterinarians, between 25 and 40 percent of dogs are overweight. However, only 5% of owners think their dogs are overweight. It’s important to remember that a five pound weight gain on your dog is different than a five pound weight gain on you. For example, if you take a dog weighing 50 [...]
Do you know if your dog is overweight? Many of today’s dogs are overweight or obese. When determining if your dog is overweight take into account your dogs breed, age, and size. Most veterinarians use a 9-point scoring system to evaluate the body condition of your dog. A 1 means your dog is grossly underweight while a score of a 9 shows your dog is extremely overweight. The ideal score is a 5, which is just right.
Before you can avoid or solve a problem you must fully understand it; this is especially true when dealing with fleas. Fleas are very persistent parasites, capable of spreading disease, and killing. For evidence of just how horrible they are, look up the Bubonic Plague, aka Black Death: A disease spread by fleas carried on [...]
In accordance with Pet Dental Health Month, I’m writing a series of articles about dental care for your dog. I’m hoping this series of articles will help readers to better understand the importance of caring for their dog’s teeth and give them some tools and tips to improve their dog’s overall dental health. Topics will [...]
How much do you spend on dog food: $30, $40, $50 dollars a month? You might be forking out all that cash to feed your dog garbage. That’s right garbage! In fact, it would be a crime to feed a human what most pet food companies distribute. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) [...]
Depending on where you live, this might seem a bit odd, especially if there’s a few inches of snow waiting to be shoveled off your driveway. I’m just speculating, but I’m guessing whoever chose January doesn’t even own a dog. I know my dog’s would’ve preferred April. If someone wants to start a petition to [...]
Often the New Year inspires us to make a resolution that usually gets ignored by February. My personal favorite promise is to include more exercise in my daily schedule. I always start out with the best of intentions then before I know it, my willpower fails, my priorities change and somehow my resolution to get [...]