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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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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 »

Tips for Visiting the Desert With Your Dog

Desert dog - Rupert Taylor-Price (CC)
Desert dog - Rupert Taylor-Price (CC)

• While winter temperatures in Southern California deserts are mild, heat can still build up fast inside a car. Be very, very cautious about leaving your dog unattended, even for a short while. If you must step away for a few minutes, make sure the outdoor temperature is below 60 degrees, and leave the windows cracked.

• Bring water—lots of water. Dogs, like people, need frequent hydration in a desert climate. It’s a good idea to carry water for both of you wherever you go, whether on foot or in a vehicle. If your dog isn’t trained to drink from a water bottle while hiking, carry a collapsible bowl. more »

Traveling With a Blind or Deaf Dog

Traveling With a Blind or Deaf Dog

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital

Deaf or blind dogs can be great travel companions. Most of the issues these dogs have when on vacation have more to do with the disorientation they feel from being in a new place, and less to do with their physical handicaps. Since deaf and blind dogs rely on routine and often map out the lay of the land in their minds, keeping to a routine each day while traveling will lessen any stress your dog may have from being out of his normal environment. more »

Keeping the Holidays Safe for Dogs

You light up my life! <br/> Photo Credit: @justabirddog
You light up my life!
Photo Credit: @justabirddog

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital.

The holidays can be stressful and full of temptation for pets as well as people. Those friends and family you entertain can be seen as invading hordes to your dog.

All the lovely, butter-filled treats you work so hard to prepare can cause GI upset and pancreatitis in your dog. Those gorgeous decorations you work so hard to hang, can be awfully tempting to a curious canine companion. And all those things you may think of as just trash, can be just the thing to make your dog dumpster dive his way into an emergency trip to the vet. more »

Motion Sickness

Not Sure I Love Car Rides...
Not Sure I Love Car Rides...

By Chris Pitts, RVT, of Broadway Animal Hospital.

Traveling with your dog over the holidays is not always easy when your dog has a tendency to get motion sickness. There are a few things you can do to prevent or reduce the vomiting associated with motion sickness. And then there may be a few issues you will need to iron out with the help of your veterinarian. more »

Nasal Discharge and Coughing

Nasal Discharge and Coughing

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

There are many underlying causes of nasal discharge and coughing in dogs. The cornerstone of treatment is identifying your dog’s predisposing factors.Your dog’s age, breed, health status (including any pre existing conditions) and lifestyle are important considerations. 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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