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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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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, 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 »

Yes, Your Dog Can Catch the Flu Too.

Yes, Your Dog Can Catch the Flu Too.

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

Over the past three months, almost every other call we’ve received at our hospital has been regarding the “dog flu.” While cases of canine flu are on the rise in California, as an informed dog owner, it is important to understand what canine flu is, which dogs are at risk, the clinical signs of canine flu and how to prevent contracting the virus. more »

The Benefits of Crate Training

His crate is his castle <br/> Photo Credit: Jinx McCombs (CC)
His crate is his castle
Photo Credit: Jinx McCombs (CC)

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

Crate training is awesome! Puppies and adult dogs alike can really benefit from having a place to call their den. Crate training can cut down on inappropriate elimination in the house, diminish your dog's stress, and simplify traveling with your furry friend.

Make the crate as inviting as possible. more »

What bones are safe to give your dog

Chomp!
Chomp!

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

I admit it, as a veterinary professional, I cringe when people ask me which bones to feed their dogs. I have seen too many cases of diarrhea from dogs chewing on bacteria-laden bones, vomiting from swallowing a chunk of bone, surgery from bones that will not pass through the intestines, and broken teeth from chewing.  I have also had to remove chunks of bone that become lodged in a dog's mouth, and seen bones cause serious choking problems.

The bones that scare me the most are rib bones and marrow bones. 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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