Dog with Pile of Treats

Dog Food & Supplements: An In Depth Look At Nutrition For Your Pet – Part 2

The nutritional guideline standards for dogs, as set forth by the NRC (National Research Council), state that pet food manufacturers must have the minimum amount of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. They include meat, meat by-products, corn, wheat middlings, barley, oats, rice, brewer’s yeast, vegetable and/or animal fats, fish meal, poultry, bone meal, cereals,…

Very Thirsty Older Dog

Dog Disease: Pyometra In Your Dog

Owners of unsprayed females may at some time be faced with a diagnosis of pyometra in their dog. Pyometra means a pus-filled uterus and it affects primarily dogs that are five years old and older. It is a very debilitating disease and will often result in death unless the infected uterus is surgically removed. The…

Handicapped Pet Wheelchair

Handling The Handicapped Pet

God forbid you ever have to face the day if your family pet gets one of its limbs torn off by a hit and run. This nightmare happened last year to our four-year-old Beagle. Here is what happened: Every morning we had the same routine; Cleopatra would scratch at the door to wake me up…

Dog with Infected Eyes

Your Dog’s Eyes – Part 3

Many eye diseases in dogs can be successfully cured surgically if non-surgical treatments do not help. In the condition in which the tear glands and ducks are not producing tears, for example, a medication is put into the dog’s food in the form of drops. If there is any function at all left, the medication…

Dog Getting Eyelid Surgery

Your Dog’s Eyes – Part 2

Most dog owners, if not all of them, never consider looking into their pet’s eyes for signs of illness, especially dogs with hair over their eyes. There is a myth that cutting the hair away from a dog’s eyes will cause blindness, but, in fact, a dog’s eyes are much less likely to become diseased…

Veterinarian Checking Golden Retriever's Eyes

Your Dog’s Eyes – Part 1

The eye, in dogs, as in all animals, is the most specialized of the sensory organs. As such, it is highly sensitive to trauma, infection and disease, both acquired and hereditary. Because dogs can’t tell their owners when they are suffering irritation or pain in their eyes, the eye is an often overlooked area of…