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Welcome to the award winning Vet Buzz, DogTrekker.com's pet health blog with the latest in veterinary medicine, valuable tips and seasonal guidelines to keep your dog safe and healthy at home and on the road. Whether it is caring for an elderly dog, holistic approaches to health care, toxic algae blooms or tick and rattlesnake warnings, our Vet Buzz contributors have you covered.

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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 »

What to Do If Your Dog Runs Off While Traveling

What to Do If Your Dog Runs Off While Traveling

By Bill Barboni, DVM and Chris Pitts, RVT, Marin Pet Hospital, San Rafael, CA.

Be prepared! Have a collar and tag with your cell phone number, not a landline number, especially if you are traveling. If you are on the road, be sure you have downloaded the DogTrekker mobile app that has an Emergency Services tab where you will find the closest local shelter who takes in lost dogs, with phone numbers, distances and driving directions. more »

Water Safety Guidelines

Swim class!
Swim class!

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

When the whole family is out enjoying water activities, be sure to consider the safety and well-being of your pets as well! more »

Tips on Traveling With a Senior Dog

Tips on Traveling With a Senior Dog

By Bill Barboni, DVM and Chris Pitts, RVT, Marin Pet Hospital, San Rafael, CA

Our senior dog friends can be sensitive to change. Therefore, preparation is key to traveling with our older companions.

Building a sense of familiarity for your dog while on your trip is imperative to keeping him comfortable. more »

Xylitol Poisoning

Candy?
Candy?

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

Xylitol is a commonly used artificial sweetener found in a wide range of products for people. Xylitol is present in sugar free gum, candy, low calorie foods, and even some medications. From a human perspective xylitol is desirable because it can satisfy our sweet tooth and for diabetics, it provides a means to sweeten foods without sugar. Unfortunately, the same xylitol that makes sugar free foods tasty can be a deadly treat for dogs. more »

Five Tips for Helping Your Dog Deal With Grief

Five Tips for Helping Your Dog Deal With Grief

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

There are many resources on how a person can cope with the loss of their beloved dog (articles, books, online blogs, support groups, and more). There are not as many resources focused on helping a surviving dog deal with the loss of a canine companion. Dogs experiencing this kind of grief can suffer in a variety of ways (insomnia, anorexia, anxiety, lethargy and/or depression). It is important to understand how to recognize and manage your dog’s grief to alleviate suffering and strengthen your human-canine bond.

The following are five tips to help your surviving canine through his/her time of grief: more »

The Advantages of a Plant Based Diet For Your Dog

The Advantages of a Plant Based Diet For Your Dog

From the editors: Many pet parents are interested in plant-based diets for their animals for ethical, environmental and health reasons, such as allergies. This week we turn to Jan Allegretti, for her take on plant-based diets. At the end of the article, we will provide some additional links to other opinions regarding this important topic.

by Jan Allegretti, D.Vet.Hom., author of The Complete Holistic Dog Book: Home Health Care for Our Canine Companions

Dakota is a Chow-Lab cross, a big, beautiful bear of a dog. She’s 14 years old now, and she’d been having trouble getting around. When routine lab tests showed signs of early-onset kidney disease, her guardian, Carlyn, was worried. She wondered if changing her friend’s diet would help. We talked about her options, and she decided to eliminate all animal products from Dakota’s meals and start feeding a variety of whole grains, sweet potatoes, squash, tofu, beans, fresh vegetables, fruits—an entirely plant-based diet. more »

Cannabis for Pets

Cannabis for Pets

By Gary Richter, MS, DVM, Holistic Veterinary Care, Oakland, CA

As more and more people discover the benefits of medical cannabis for themselves, many pet owners are wondering if there are similar benefits for their furry family members. As it turns out, the use of cannabis in animals is nothing new. Cannabis has been used in veterinary medicine for nearly as long as humans have used it to treat common health issues. Thousands of years ago, the ancient Greeks used cannabis to treat horses for colic, inflammation, and even to heal battle wounds.

More recently, veterinarians have re-discovered the benefits of cannabis to treat medical conditions in pets. 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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