When your Dog has the Runs—Should You Visit the Vet?

On Monday, I arrived home later than usual after work and found my husband scrubbing the carpet, a roll of paper towels lay on the floor and a scowl across his face. Buffy, my tan cocker spaniel had made a huge mess all over the living room rug. Diarrhea.

Buffy at the vet

Buffy sticking out her tongue at me at the vet’s office.

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5 Ways to Prepare your Dog for a Pet-friendly Conference

You walk into the hotel with your dog by your side, feeling assured as you see other conference attendees with their pets. But your dog barks and lunges toward another dog, stretching his retractable leash to its full fifteen feet. In your scramble to hang onto the leash, your purse and conference materials scatter on the floor. You yank him hard, stopping him in his tracks as he trips. You yell, “Max come here NOW!” He cowers and everyone turns and stares at you.

Me and my two cocker spaniel at BlogPawss

From left to right: me, Buffy and Chipper at the BlogPaws conference

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After You Scoop—Where Do You Drop the Poop?

Do you throw your dog’s waste in the nearest trash can? I actually plan my dog walks to go past several garbage cans so that I don’t have to carry the poop bag very far. Do you do this? Dogs going for a walk

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Is Dog Poop Environmentally Friendly?

Do you pick up your dog’s poop using a plastic bag and then throw it in the trash?

Do you even pick up your dog’s poop?

When I was a kid, we didn’t pick up our dog’s poop. I’d take Chipper (the brown cocker I had Dog poopingback then) for a walk and nervously look around to see if anyone was watching while he pooped in someone’s yard. Continue reading

Oh My – She Lost an Eye

On Tuesday, I took Buffy to her eye doctor to get the pressure checked in her eyes. Her right eye had jumped from 15 to 30 in the two weeks since our last visit.

Cocker spaniel before eye surgery

Last photo of Buffy with both eyes, even though she had no vision in her right eye.

Once the pressure reaches 35, then dogs experience a severe headache, like a migraine. Continue reading

Does Fido Fear or have Fun on the Fourth?

Do you stay at home on the Fourth of July to calm your quivering dog?

Does your dog pace around your bed keeping you up all night or poke you constantly while you can barely hear the distant rumble of thunder?

Many Dogs suffer from Thunderstorm Anxiety

Chipper, my 12-year-old cocker spaniel, has thunderstorm anxiety. He also trembles during visits to the vet; pokes me when he hears firecrackers; pants during car rides; and resists me when I trim the fur on his paws. Continue reading