Canine Influenza Q&A

Canine influenza is a viral infection that can cause a whole range of symptoms in your dog, from moist cough to severe pneumonia. So what do dog owners need to know about prevention, testing and treatment of canine influenza?  I chatted with Dr. Cynthia M. Otto, Associate Professor of Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania School of…

Antifreeze Poisoning in Dogs

With the chilliest months right around the corner, many people are winterizing their vehicles by changing antifreeze. Unfortunately, dogs like the sweet taste of toxic antifreeze.According to Charlotte-based veterinarian Joy Fine, “Antifreeze causes kidney failure if ingested; unfortunately, dogs like the taste of antifreeze. In northern climates it is common to have antifreeze in the garage…

Canines in Costumes

Thinking about dressing up your dog this year? Keep in mind that some dogs will find wearing clothing stressful, uncomfortable or terrifying, so don’t force your pet to don a costume. Instead, consider cute alternatives like bandanas or attractive identification collars (or you know, just give ’em good old holiday hugs). Other dogs may enjoy…

Halloween Dangers for Dogs

It’s Halloween time, the annual trick-or-treating spookfest with delicious chocolate rewards. But this holiday has some potential dangers for your dog, so I spoke with Charlotte-based veterinarian Joy Fine to learn more. She shared some fascinating examples from what she’s seen, heard and learned during her many years of working with dogs as a professional…

Raised Dog Feeders

Roscoe, my Boston Terrier, recently started eating from a These Creatures raised standing feeder.  Some experts believe that raised dog feeders are more comfortable for your pet, allowing him to feed without straining the joints, neck, back and spine.Dogs (especially large breeds) can swallow a significant amount of air when eating food because they tend to lift…

Protecting Paws from the Elements

Winter is just around the corner with her promise of chilly temperatures, snow and ice, and caring for your dog’s paws is critical to keeping them healthy. What do dog owners need to know about their pup’s paws? I asked Charlotte-based veterinarian Joy Fine for some advice. “Protecting dogs in cold weather can be a…

Lyme Disease and Canines

Last fall, I moved to the tri-state area, a zone notorious for deer ticks. But recently, I learned the hard way that dogs can get Lyme disease too. My dog Moose had blood work during a routine health exam, and the test came up positive. So I talked with a veterinarian to learn more about…

Cool Dog Tricks

Can your dog do tricks? Roscoe knows how to eat like a champ and Moose will high-five for a snack. That’s about it. But check out these video clips of dogs doing some pretty awesome tricks…In this video below, this dog does all sorts of tricks with a skateboard. Just goes to show how positive…

Dogs and Dewclaws

Some dogs have an extra digit — called dewclaws — on the inside of their leg. But since dewclaws don’t come in direct contact with surfaces, the nail can quickly overgrow. What should dog owners know about dew claws? I talked with Charlotte-based veterinarian Joy Fine to find out some answers.“In some breeds, dewclaws are…

Guess the Breed: Patch

Back in 1999, young Patch was adopted from the Cobb Country Animal Shelter in Georgia by a loving family. For the last eleven years, his DNA make-up has been a complete mystery — until now.    The Canine Heritage Breed Test is a painless cheek-swab test that correctly identifies an extensive list of dog breeds. And while…