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.

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 compani  Read more.

Diets for Diabetic Dogs

Written by Lori Wells-Bauer Pet Nutrition Counselor Mountain View Animal Hospital and Holistic Pet Care Reno, Nevada   Diabetes Mellitus in dogs can occur at any age. However,  Read more.

How to Remove A Tick

By Chris Pitts, RVT, Broadway Animal Hospital Ticks are gross. They carry diseases, and they are literal blood-sucking parasites. Their entire life is dedicated to waiting until a  Read more.

Good and bad of dog kisses

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By Chris Pitts, RVT, Broadway Animal Hospital Think your dog may be a good candidate for the Valentine's Day kissing booth? Let's take a quick look at what   Read more.

Winter Woes and Wags

By Aaron Teixeira, MSc Shelter Behavior Manager, SF SPCA With winter now in full effect, cold rain, snow and ice can complicate our dogs’ exercise routines. R  Read more.

Paring Down Your Portly Pup

By Chris Pitts, RVT at Broadway Animal Hospital Feeling like your dog might be a little plump? If you can't see a waistline on your dog. If you cannot feel his ribs   Read more.

Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

If you’ve ever owned a dog, you’ve probably seen him eat grass and wondered why. The old myth that “dogs eat grass to relieve an upset stomach” doesn’t quite appear to be  Read more.

Shedding Concerns

By Dr. Sophie Liu, SF SPCA Resident in Behavior Medicine Aside from being the largest organ, skin also plays a critical role in health and, equally, is reflective of you  Read more.

Vet Buzz: Fireworks anxiety

Your dog's sense of hearing is one of his best strengths, but when it comes to those glorious loud kabooms on the fourth of July, his hearing is his greatest foe. To him, those exp  Read more.

Vet Buzz: Foxtail

By Sophie Liu, DVM “Foxtails” are the colloquial term for the seed-dispersal unit of a common weed, often called “grass awns” in other parts of the co  Read more.

Vet Buzz: Pyometra

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland. Pyometra refers to an infection of the uterus. It is a very serious and life threat  Read more.

Finding the Right Vet

By Dr. Shannon Leggieri, DVM, MS of Claremont Veterinary Hospital, Oakland. Finding the right veterinarian can be a stressful process. It is important that both you and your   Read more.

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