I used to work at a vet. Here’s my secret to having a quick (yet thorough) vet appointment! Plus a few other ways I’ve found to speed up vet visits.
Dog Injuries & Emergencies
Even if you take the health of your dog very seriously year round, injuries and emergencies will inevitably occur at some point. Since vet visits are the most expensive part of owning a dog, we try to help you avoid emergency vet visits by preventing accidents in the first place. But... if an accident DOES occur, check here to find the best course of action! See when you need to rush your dog to an emergency vet center, and when you don't. All about common pet injuries & emergencies -- plus info about pet insurance, dog surgery & recovery options, and other dog medical issues. What first time dog owners need to know!
Wondering how to get help with vet bills for your pet, and don’t know where to start? 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! If you don’t live in Tennessee, see our extensive list of other organizations that help pay vet bills by state.
Can dogs eat turkey? Yes… but they might get an upset stomach. See which Thanksgiving dinner foods are safe for dogs, and which ones aren’t. Instead of giving your dog Thanksgiving turkey & all the fixin’s, try these easy homemade Thanksgiving dog treats — to avoid bloat & canine pancreatitis!
A list of acceptable household medications for pets, according to vets. Plus the correct doses for dogs & cats. Before giving your dog medications from your medicine cabinet, be sure to check this list of human medicine safe for dogs first!
According to veterinarians, when is it time to euthanize a dog? After working at a vet AND having 2 of my own dogs put to sleep recently, I can help you get through this difficult time. Here’s everything you need to know about when to euthanize a dog. Here are 5 signs that it’s time. Plus advice that other veterinarians have personally given me. And the official Quality of Life Scale for dogs — to help you gauge your dog’s quality of life.
Here is a list of common everyday objects we all have in our houses that I’ve learned firsthand (and while working at a vet) can be deadly to a dog. See what you can do to modify these things to keep your dog safe. Plus, my own DIY puppy proofing tips that I use to keep my dogs safe at home.
There are laws in place in most cities about what you must do if you hit someone’s pet with your car. Unfortunately, there is very little information about this online, but there is certainly a lot of discussion about it! Most people have the wrong information. To help set the record straight, here is what you must do if you hit someone’s pet…
Wondering what to do if your dog eats chicken bones?! First, don’t panic, most likely your dog will be ok. My dog ate chicken bones and he passed them just fine — but it depends on whether your dog gulps down the bones (bad), bites them into smaller pieces (bad), or grinds them down thoroughly before swallowing them (good). Here’s what to do if your dog ate chicken bones… OR turkey bones.
My dog ate Advil. (It was a single 200 mg liquid gel capsule with Ibuprofen inside.) Dogs and Ibuprofen don’t mix – so I knew it was important to treat this right away! I rushed her to the vet, and I’m glad I did. Here’s what I’ve learned about Ibuprofen toxicity in dogs.
I’ve had dogs all my life. Only 3 of them had dew claws. Here’s what I’ve learned about removing dewclaws …and not removing them. Everything you need to know about dog dew claws, including when (or if) you should have them removed, plus recommendations from other dog experts and dog owners.
I have 2 large dogs and they pretty much go wherever I go! I’ve whittled down my list of dog travel necessities to 7 dog car safety items and 7 clever dog travel accessories — the most important things to pack for dog car travel, plus a few clever dog car accessories that you probably haven’t thought of. These are the items that we take along whenever we’re traveling with our dogs in the car. Perhaps you’ll find them useful as well!
Knowing the symptoms of dog bloat could actually save your dog’s life — because bloat comes on quickly and can kill a dog within hours if left untreated. Here’s what you need to know about the signs of bloat in dogs, risk factors that predispose your dog to getting bloat, and tips for preventing bloat in dogs. These are all things I wish I had known before my dog died of bloat.
Thousands of dogs get the canine parvovirus each year. Of those, 15% will die. Without treatment, 100% will die. Here’s what you need to know about dog parvo disease including: the symptoms of parvo, how it’s spread, and the treatment for parvo. If you suspect that your dog is suffering from parvo, take your dog to the vet right away! Most deaths from the canine parvo virus occur within 48 to 72 hours.
Pyometra, a serious infection of the uterus, is a potentially deadly condition that affects unspayed female dogs. Symptoms & treatment for pyometra in dogs.
Vet visits are the most expensive aspect of owning a dog. Pet health insurance helps with everything from annual vet visits to surgeries & other emergencies
Looking for a better e-collar for dogs? Try an inflatable dog collar. It worked great for us! My dog took to it much faster than a plastic dog cone collar.
See the true cost of owning a dog — in hard dollars — plus how to save money on pet costs. These are tips that you can use when you get a new puppy all the way through your dog’s adult life. If you’re getting a new dog soon, start here to save big bucks!
Get answers to your dog questions right away — online — from verified pet experts. What’s your dog question?
It’s not always so easy to find out what’s causing diarrhea in dogs. Here are the top reasons a dog has diarrhea.
My dog has cancer. Here’s some dog cancer information to help you cope with your dog’s diagnosis of cancer. The National Canine Cancer Foundation estimates that 1 in 3 dogs will develop cancer. Of those, over half of them will die of cancer. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, 50% of dogs over the age of 10 will die of cancer. Here are the best dog cancer treatment options.
Did you know that your dog can still get deadly heartworms even if your dog is on a monthly preventative? It’s true. However, if you’re like me, you’ll still keep your dog on heartworm prevention year round for the following reasons.
If your dog’s tongue sticks out all the time, it could eventually become dry and cracked — and painful — for your dog. Here’s what you should do to make sure that your dog’s tongue stays in the best condition possible.
Save this list in case your dog goes missing one day! These tips will help to reunite you with your lost dog in the quickest way possible.
Your first inclination may be to take a stray dog inside your home to immediately give him food and shelter. But that’s not always the safest option. Here’s what you SHOULD do if you find a stray dog.
Here are 10 life-threatening dog behavior myths that many dog owners believe to be true. Better yet, see WHY each of these is detrimental to your dog’s behavior and your own sanity!
Does your dog suffer from joint pain? Here are some natural home remedies for treating dog joint pain. Plus tips on helping your older dog during his golden years.
Most people have a disaster plan for their family in case of an emergency. Does your plan of action also include your dog? When planning for an emergency, you need to have your dog’s safety in mind in addition to your own.
Most people are not aware of the fact that tennis balls can actually be dangerous to dogs. The danger is that when playing fetch with your dog, the ball could get stuck in your dog’s throat when he catches it.
This video shows how to check your dog’s vital signs — gum color, temperature, and heartbeat — in order to determine whether you have a sick dog on your hands or not. Did you know that you may be able to get a vet’s diagnosis over the phone?
If you’ve ever had a loose dog on your hands, then you know how difficult it is to catch a dog on the run — especially a small dog. This video shows how you can actually train your dog to be caught. Really, it works!
If you’re a dog owner, then you should do everything in your power to learn dog CPR, so you will be prepared in the event of an emergency. Here’s how to do pet CPR in an attempt to save your dog’s life if he starts choking or stops breathing.
Are you prepared to save your dog’s life if he were involved in an accident or became incapacitated due to some other type of health problem or sudden emergency? Here are some of the most common situations that could result in you having to perform CPR on your dog. Plus, see how to do dog CPR.
If you’ve got a dog, then you NEED a pet first aid kit. You don’t have to buy one though. You can make your own! Here’s what should go in a first aid kit for your dog.
It’s important to keep your dog’s health and safety high in the forefront, so summertime will be a fun time, rather than a tragic time for your dog. Following are some things to watch out for this summer, in order to make sure that your dog is around to enjoy many long hot summers for years to come.
It’s up to you to keep your dog safe when Christmas decorations come out of storage, Christmas trees are put up, and and extra food is set out. Dogs love to explore, and all of these things can be a danger to your dog. Some can cause severe illness and may even be fatal to your dog. Here’s what you need to know.
My dog ate river stones and 2 of them got stuck in his intestines! He survived the operation, and my wallet survived the $1000 bill. Here’s what you should do if you think your dog ate some rocks, stones, or pebbles.
Whenever we’re preparing for a really bad storm, I make a point to gather the dog’s necessities, in addition to our own. Even if you’re not officially evacuating, you never know when you when you might need to seek shelter somewhere else at the last minute. Or, you may even have to stay in a public shelter temporarily if the storm wreaks havoc on your entire neighborhood. Here’s what to pack for your dog.
Dogs and cats are now covered by most car insurance companies — at no extra cost to you, the pet owner — should they be injured in an auto accident! Well… almost.
I wish so badly that we had given in to using the E-collar earlier. We didn’t because we felt bad for the dog. We thought he would be scared of it or feel punished. P-shaw! No need to feel bad for something that will protect your dog and make him heal faster. AND get you a few extra hours of sleep! If I had this to do all over again, I would definitely use the E-collar — simply for our sanity. Here are some alternatives to E-collars.
Here’s a little about our dog’s recovery from TPLO surgery for a torn ACL, as well as the stories of other dogs who’ve been through it. Plus the stories of other dogs who’ve had TPLO surgery, including their recovery highlights.
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.
If you have pet-proofed your home, then you have taken very important steps to ensuring the safety of your pet. However, if you have not pet-proofed your yard, your dog could still be in danger.
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.
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 5 easy steps for giving your dog a pill. Trust me, it’s easy!
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.
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!
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.
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.