When I brought home my 8-week-old German shepherd puppy five years ago, I thought I knew enough about dogs and had a strong enough of an appreciation of holistic methods that I could easily raise a healthy, happy dog. I was wrong.
Due to a confluence of genetics, vaccinations, environment and probably several other factors yet to be revealed, I have a dog who – while amazingly happy despite his troubles – has had to deal with an assortment of skin problems, ear issues and hypothyroidism. It’s been a roller coaster ride, I tell you. And while I’m sorry he’s had to go through this, I’m so grateful to him for not only showing me what real love is, but for truly opening my eyes to [...]
Humans tend to view their canine buddies – no matter how much they love them – as… well… a littler dirtier than they are, a little stinkier.
They get that “dog smell” and it’s time to head for the groomer’s or backyard for bath time.
Only… a smelly dog isn’t always a normal thing. In fact, a healthy, vibrant dog eating quality whole foods really shouldn’t have much of a foul odor – unless, of course, he decided his afternoon would be best spent rolling around in some dirt and fresh dog pooh he was completely captivated by.
If you notice an unpleasant smell coming from your dog, don’t ignore it. It’s telling you that his body is off in some way and he may need [...]
Most days, my black cat, Derby, seems mildly amused by me – but usually not enough to motivate him to get up or do anything that’s physically challenging. Unless he’s hungry. If that’s the case, you really can’t get him to stop circling, meowing or harassing you until you feed him. Feeding him usually satiates him – for a while.
Despite his apparent lack of interest in my comings and goings, he does quite enjoy sharing his feelings about things. The other day, frustrated with my inability to come up with a solution to something, I looked over at him and asked him if he knew the answer to my question. He looked at me with his large yellow eyes and gave me a high-pitched, [...]
In California, spring is a time when nature blossoms. The wildflowers are out in full bloom and many baby critters are born. The downside of all this for those of us with pets are the pests.
If you’re around any kind of grass – and who isn’t? – well, of course, there’s fleas.
In the wilderness areas, you’ll have to watch out for those ticks.
If you’re around standing water, you’ll more than likely get mosquitoes – which might be of concern because of the risk of heartworm. Of course, monthly heartworm preventatives, which are routinely prescribed at your typical vet’s office – along with the cocktail of flea and tick killers – shouldn’t be taken [...]