Here in northern Illinois we are at the height of mosquito season anytime we go outside near the grass or shrubs. Stepping on the lawn to pick up your dog’s morning dump causes a wave of mosquitoes to rise up to your bare legs, instigating a dance as you swat one, then another ,and another of these blood thirsty fiends. Continue reading
Does your vet ask you if your dog drinks out of puddles and streams? I discourage puddles, but lying in a stream and gulping cool water on a hot summer day, now that’s a water dog, or at least a hot dog trying to cool off. Continue reading
Deciding if it is time to put your best friend down has to be one of the hardest decisions to make.
- Is it too soon?
- Will the dog get better?
- What is her quality of life?
My good friend and work partner for the past 11 ½ years, Cassie, can no longer walk. She leans hard to the left and falls down if she can’t manage to get her left rear leg under her. Continue reading
Many living near the Chicago area are thinking twice before they load their dog in the car and head over to the dog park, or even doggie daycare. As of early last week over 1,300 dogs have been infected, the largest epidemic ever, and with a strain never seen in this area. Continue reading
What the ….” I stopped my bicycle in the middle of the forest preserve trail as my three-year-old springer spaniel tried to run alongside. She pumped her back legs hard, but moved in slow motion, her back end not able to keep up with her front legs. Continue reading
After having dogs for my entire life, of over fifty years, I’ve noticed a weird trend. Most of my dogs have become ill from October through December. Here’s the list: Continue reading
One day in the middle of May, Buffy refused to get out of bed and go for a walk. The night before she had been slow on our evening walk, not acting like her normal bouncy self, but I figured that she just ate something that didn’t agree with her and would recover quickly.
The vet sampled her swollen neck glands and warned me of the possibility of lymphatic cancer. Continue reading