Dog Owners Know Their Dogs Best

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013
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Despite the start of this, it leads to diet. Then again, just about everything leads to diet in my world.

 

I’m not sure what to call it. Maybe it’s radar of some kind, maybe it’s a connection from one soul to another, but most of us know when our dogs are “off”. Sometimes we can’t even put a finger on it and we feel silly trying to describe what “off” might mean. For example, I had a friend who swore she knew when her Golden was “off” by the way his whiskers looked. Crazy? Maybe, but she was never wrong. Not even once.

 

So, your dog just doesn’t seem to be right and you’re feeling torn. Do you go to the vet and try to explain what you can’t even find words for? Especially when you know that tests will cost money and the only thing that might be happening is your imagination running wild? Read more Dog Owners Know Their Dogs Best

The Vet Wish List

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013
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Actually, many people in the pet biz might want to say similar things, but having spoken to 31 vets over the last 5 months about exactly this subject,  here are their most common comments. The first seems so self evident that I was shocked to hear it over and over again.

 

1. You may not be able to smell your dog, but others can. Unless the animal is too sick, please bathe the dog before bringing him/her to see me. It’s no different from washing before seeing your doctor, or brushing your teeth before seeing the dentist.

 

2. Bring a list of presenting complaints, current medications, supplements and your questions to the vet visit. You may forget what you meant to ask if you feel overwhelmed by information just presented to you, or even during a conversation about a new symptom. We can work together more efficiently if you prepare for the appointment ahead of time. Read more The Vet Wish List