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Four Ways to a Happier Deaf Dog

Four Ways to a Happier Deaf Dog

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital.

There is a funny trait of many owners of deaf dogs. They tell me, as I talk kindly to their deaf dog, “My dog can't hear you,” and then they look really irritated when I continue to prattle along lovingly to their dog as I take him into the treatment room. Here's the deal. Deaf dogs may not be able to hear me, but most of them can still see me. They respond really well to body language. They can respond when I give them a pat. And those noses definitely work when I offer a cookie. So here's my top four tips for a happier deaf dog. more »

Benefits of Being a Dog Parent

The best medicine
The best medicine

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital.

A dog in your life can mean a healthier and happier life for you. There is the obvious benefit of an increase in exercise because you will need to take you dog out for daily walks. But there is also the potential to be more social on those walks if you join a group of like-minded dog people. Walking with others will make you more likely to be consistent with your exercise. In addition, the camaraderie of walking your dog with others is good for your mental health. more »

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

By Gary Richter, M.S., D.V.M., C.V.C., C.V.A., Holistic Veterinary Care, Oakland, CA

Halloween is right around the corner, and so are potential dangers that could affect your dog—loud noises, big costumes, chocolate and other sweets, etc.

Here are a few tips from Dr. Gary Richter, medical director of the award-winning Holistic Veterinary Care of Oakland, California. more »

Tips for Traveling With a Puppy

Tips for Traveling With a Puppy

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital.

Traveling with a puppy means being prepared. Prepared to get your puppy out to eliminate often. Prepared with vaccines. And prepared with distractions. more »

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

Disaster Preparedness for Pets

By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

September is National Preparedness month, which reminds us that we need to think about disasters before they have a chance to impact our families. This means we need to include our furry family members in our plans as well! more »

Finding a Vet on the Road

Finding a Vet on the Road

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland.

With the holidays approaching, more and more people plan to hit the road with their canine companions. Whether your dog has pre-existing medical conditions or not, it is important to plan ahead for any necessary or unforeseen medical care that might be needed during your adventure. This takes some time and investigation. Depending where you are traveling, there may or may not be emergency veterinary hospitals in the immediate area. This is essential to know. more »

The Importance of Play for Your Dog

The Importance of Play for Your Dog

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital.

Dogs need to play. Play is a great way for your dog to let off steam and offers him learning opportunities, as well. Play will strengthen your dog's bond to you, improve his health and yours too. Going easy on the quick bursts of speed will also increase the amount of time your dog will be able to enjoy exercise and be less likely to get arthritic as he ages. more »

Safe and Unsafe Human Medications for Dogs

Safe and Unsafe Human Medications for Dogs

By Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County.

With all kinds of medication available to humans over the counter, many pet owners are tempted to give pets the same medication to avoid a trip to the vet. However, not all human medications can be administered to pets with the same result. There are also different drug interactions in pets and people, so always ask your veterinarian before giving your pet a new medication. more »

Prevention of Dehydration in Dogs

Prevention of Dehydration in Dogs

By Gary Richter, MS, DVM, CVA, CVC, GDVWHM, Holistic Veterinary Care, Oakland, CA

Summertime is here and that means outdoor fun and activities for the whole family—including our pets! While there is nothing better than spending the day outside with our dog, it is important to remember that dehydration can lead to serious medical issues in pets. more »

Raw Food Diet: Good or Bad?

This again?
This again?

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland.

To cook or not to cook? That is the age old question. The argument over the potential benefit and safety of raw diets has been heavily debated for decades. Proponents describe raw diets as natural and similar to what a dog might eat in the wilderness. There are a variety of raw diets and many differences in how they are prepared, processed and preserved.

On the manufactured market there are fresh, frozen and freeze dried raw food preparations in a variety of flavors and protein sources. Some owners even feed fresh protein sources such as whole chicken to their dogs. This is dangerous and heavily discouraged, as bone ingestion can lead to constipation, obstruction and even bowel rupture. If you are interested in feeding raw food to your dog, it is important to understand the potential health risks and nutritional facts. more »

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Vet Buzz Contributors

Dr. Bill Barboni
Dr. Bill Barboni of Marin Pet Hospital with his dogs, Rip and Billy. See Dr. Barboni's profile.

Dr. Shannon Leggieri DVM, Marin Pet Hospital
Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland.

Dr. Angela Gaeto with dog
Dr. Angela Gaeto, DVM, of the Helen Woodward Animal Center community in San Diego County. See Dr. Gaeto’s profile.
 


Dr. Melissa Robinett of Bel Marin Animal Hospital in Novato. See Dr. Robinett's profile.

Dr. Troy
Dr. Erin Troy of Muller Veterinary Hospital in Walnut Creek. See Dr. Troy's profile.

Dr. Stallings
Dr. Rhonda Stallings of Arroyo Veterinary Hospital, Sonoma. See Dr. Stallings' profile.


Dr. Pamela Bouchard of Animal Hospital of Cotati. See Dr. Bouchard's profile.

Dr Berger
Jeannine Berger, DVM, DACVB, Veterinarian & Behavior Specialist, San Francisco SPCA. See Dr. Berger's profile.

A veterinarian with a dog
Dr. Gary Richter, MS, DVM, of Holistic Veterinary Care. See Dr. Richter's profile.


Dr. Jennifer Tavares, VMD,
of Broadway Animal Hospital
See Dr. Tavares' profile.






 

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