Should I be worried about my dog contracting Lyme Disease?

  YES you should be worried! Tick-borne disease is at epidemic levels! What is Lyme Disease? Lyme is a tick-borne disease that is spread by a deer tick. Ticks transmit a spirochete bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the cause of Lyme disease. Once infected with the spirochete it is very difficult to eliminate the disease in your dog. It can be treated, but 1 in 10,000 dogs can develop a condition whereby the Lyme infects the kidney, heart or brain and can kill your dog. Clinical signs of Lyme disease look much like the flu. Your dog may have a fever, not eat
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Why does my dog eat grass?

Aaaah, the most asked question of dog owners! The simple answer…because your dog can! Dogs are, what are called, opportunistic carnivores. What does that mean? It means they eat meat (carnivore) but they also eat other vegetable/grass/grain matter (opportunistic) if is available. I think some dog breeds are more opportunistic than others, like the labrador retrievers who eat just about anything! The definition (omnivore vs carnivore) has had a lot of debate because some think dogs may actually be omnivores (eat meat, plants, grains) much like people. If you look at evolutionary biology and the development of the domestic dogs,
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10 Toxic Items Not to Feed Your Dog or Cat

There are many foods we can share with our pets but there are some that can cause death. Be careful and know what is safe to feed and what is not! Chewing gum, peanut butter or baked goods containing xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar alcohol processed from plants and HIGHLY toxic to dogs, 1 piece of chewing gum can kill an 85 pound dog.  Ibuprofen and Tylenol (Acetaminophen). This causes kidney and liver failure, respectively. Keep medicines put away and out of reach of your pets. Just 1 pill is dangerous–seek medical attention right away. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, coffee and caffeine. Chocolate contains theobromine and
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Study shows we do mirror our pets!

In my book Animality, How Pets and People Connect, I describe how we mirror our pets. We do this emotionally, physically, mentally, and even in our medical illnesses. As I interact with my clients I deliver diagnoses and often times my clients tell me “Oh, I have that too.” Its not a coincidence. A recent study published by the Journal of Research in Personality shows dog personality traits share similar characteristics to that of human personality. Researchers at Michigan State University and lead author, William Chopik, PhD, MS, surveyed more than 1600 dog owners. The survey looked into 3 major
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IS GRAIN-FREE FOOD OKAY FOR MY DOG? YES!

Recently the FDA launched its investigation into whether there is a link between some grain-free foods and DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) in dogs- I have been bombarded by concerned clients worrying about what to feed their dogs.  I have recommendations!   I have been a recommending grain-free diets for over 15 years to approximately 2000 dog owners and have only seen 2 dogs in the last 15 years diagnosed with DCM. Both of these dogs were of breeds in which DCM had a genetic link and both dogs had parents who had DCM. Keep in mind the FDA noted this investigation
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Puppy Crate Training Harder Than Expected?

Is the honeymoon period is over? If this is your reality you figured out that crate training a young puppy is a lot of hard work! I tell my clients to not get discouraged but to set the puppy up for success. First, and most important, use a crate. Crate training is the best way to contain your puppy safely. Crates are not bad-they contain your puppy so he or she doesn’t get into trouble-much like a baby’s car seat.  The crate becomes a place of security for the puppy. When introduced correctly, it becomes the puppy’s safe spot and
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