We paid $2,500 for our dog’s TPLO surgery to repair a torn ACL in his knee. Actually they replaced the ligament and cartlidge from our dog’s knee with a metal plate and 6 screws. Here’s how it went for us.
Dog Health, Wellness & Safety
Your dog's overall health and wellness depends 100% on you. Our dog health articles are filled with insanely helpful tips and unique ways to keep your dog safe, healthy, and happy on a daily basis -- especially during chaotic times, like holidays. Heed these important warnings and avoid these pet predicaments. Not sure where to begin? Start here --> Dog Health & Safety 101.
Did you know that owning a dog costs about $1000 for the first year alone? Then, it costs about $500 each year after that — and that’s just for the basics! Here are a few ways to save money when you own a dog.
Here’s an illustration showing exactly how to apply these products directly onto your dog’s back, beneath his thick coat. Plus, lots of great tips when using Frontline, Advantage or K9 Advantix.
As as a dog’s Senior years go by and the Geriatric years approach, we dog owners need to add a few more things to the list of what to watch for and do, in order to help our aging dogs get as much out of life as possible. Here are some Senior dog health issues to look for, plus some tips for providing daily care for older dogs.
Time passes much too quickly, and ultimately we dog lovers have to face the fact that our time together is winding down. The day will come when decisions — like putting your dog to sleep — have to be made that are never easy. A little planning ahead now will help. Take it from me… over the years we’ve gone through this 7 times. Sometimes it was a no-brainer. Other times, it wasn’t.
The senior dog years can be hard — on both the dog and the owner. But there are many things you can do to keep your older dog with you and feeling as good as possible for many years to come. Here’s what to look for in terms of your dog’s weight, energy, and behavior issues as he approaches old age.
Hopefully, the next time you’re interested in getting a dog you will consider picking your pet from a rescue shelter. But please do some homework first to ensure that your new dog doesn’t wind up back at the shelter in a few months.
If you drive with your dog unrestrained in your car (which means the dog has the freedom to roam from your lap… to the back seat… front seat… and from window to window) and you live in California, then you may be breaking the law soon. I have to say, as much as I have been guilty of doing this in the past, I think driving with lapdogs should be outlawed… and in all states. Here’s the scoop about the new lapdog law regarding drivers with unrestrained dogs in the vehicle…
I have Lyme Disease. My dog does not. Our vet thought this was odd, because dogs spend much more time closer to the ground and inevitably get a lot more tick bites than we do. Plus, 90% of the time we’re outdoors, our dog is usually with us. …I guess the tick preventative that our dogs have always worn — Frontline Plus — really DOES work!
Did you know that you don’t always have to take your dog to the vet in order to get a veterinarian’s diagnosis — and maybe even meds — for your dog’s minor health issues? It’s true. With any non-emergency doggie ailment, you generally have 3 options.
Our veterinarian said dogs that spend a lot of time indoors during the winter months tend to get mild skin conditions resulting in dry, itchy, flaky skin. Guess what? A home remedy of Olive Oil will typically solve the dry skin problem throughout the entire winter season!
If your dog is showing a particular symptom or dealing with a doggie ailment, then anything you can show the vet that might be related to ‘the problem’ will usually be helpful when it comes to diagnosing and/or treating your pet. Here’s when you should take samples to the vet… what type of samples to take… and how to gather & transport your samples — like dog pee or poop.
Here are a few tricks that make the process of going to the veterinarian’s office quick & painless — for all involved. The secret is: the time of your appointment!
Here are 5 easy steps for giving your dog a pill. Trust me, it’s easy!
There are a handful of great websites devoted solely to pet sitting and overnight boarding for dogs. Through some of them, you can also find specific services like house sitting, walking your dog, grooming, dog training, and more. Here’s the scoop…
If you should ever have to put your dog to sleep, it is in your best interest to be present throughout the entire euthanization process. Here’s why…
If your dog ever leaves the house, then here are some things you should do to assure that you are always prepared should you dog become separated from you — or lost. And what to do in case of emergency. The best tip: prepare NOW by doing these simple things.
Dogs at drag racing events and other loud sporting events like hunting need ear protection. Here are some ideas for protecting your dog’s ears from damaging loud noises. These might even work well for fireworks!
If you haven’t already, I encourage you to program the phone number of an emergency care center in your cellphone now. You never know when you might need a little after-hours care or advice.
Lately, I’ve been seeing so many people riding around with their dogs in the car. Some have the windows completely down. Others have the windows partially rolled up, hoping to keep their dog from jumping out. I’m here to tell you: A dog can fall out of a window that is half-way or even most of the way rolled up!
The Brown Dog Foundation helps dog owners who are facing expensive vet bills in order to save their dog’s life. As long as you are willing and able to pay a portion of the veterinarian’s cost to save your dog’s life, the Brown Dog Foundation will help pay the rest!
Does a dog have to wear a lifevest when on board a boat? Everyone knows that people have to wear lifejackets on boats, but do dogs? Here’s what you need to know about dogs and life vests.
Black spots on your dog’s tongue are nothing more than a birthmark. It’s just another thing that makes your dog unique — not Chow. Here are some pictures of dogs with black tongues.
In addition to listing which human medications are acceptable for pets — along with the pet-friendly dosages — this article highlights the importance of double-checking the dosage information before dispensing any medications to your pets. I mentioned the dosage for LIQUID medications in milliliters ml, whereas others sometimes mention the dosage for solid medications or pills in milligrams mg. Rarely is a difference in the effectiveness of liquid vs solid medications, there IS a huge difference in dosages if you happened to mistake mg’s milligrams for ml’s milliliters.
These videos and photos aim tol remind you of the truly horrific consequences that could result if your dog is allowed anywhere near your paper shredder. You could be putting your dog in harm’s way and increasing the odds that your dog will accidentally get its tail — or its tongue — caught inside the grinders which could cause serious permanent damage to your dog’s tongue or tail.