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Here you can find a variety of information about your dogs health, general wellness, chronic conditions, and treatment questions and answers.

The Value of Wellness Checks for a Raw Fed Dog

Kimberly Gauthier, Dog Nutrition Blogger for Keep the Tail Wagging

In 2007, the FDA began receiving complaints of sick and dying dogs as a result of chicken jerky treats sourced in China.  This along with pet food recalls created a divide between pet parents and pet brands as people began to distrust ingredients and sourcing. Continue Reading →

How a Raw Food Diet Can Address Chronic Health Issues in Dogs

Kimberly Gauthier, Dog Nutrition Blogger for Keep the Tail Wagging

With the growing concern about our dogs’ health, pet parents are turning to raw food and home cooked diets for their dogs.  Although convenient, a diet of kibble has led to a growing number of health issues in dogs, including diabetes, chronic allergies and yeast infections, and urinary tract infections (UTIs). Continue Reading →

Everything you need to know about Diabetes and Dogs

Dogs and Diabetes — Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Diabetes is a well known condition that affects humans and has been an increasingly larger health concern in recent years. Humans are not the only ones concerned however, recent reports show that cases of dog diabetes have been on the rise since the 1970’s.

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What does blood in my dog’s urine mean?

The presence of blood in the urine of dogs is termed Hematuria. This condition is easily observable if you are paying attention – you will notice a vivid red or vague pinkish tint in your dog’s urine, which can estimate the severity of the situation. The primary causes of blood in the urine are a result of bleeding in the urinary system organs. Continue Reading →

My dog is diabetic, now what?

A diagnosis from your veterinarian that your beloved canine companion has diabetes is a serious one. However, the good news is that with a little extra effort and care, it is a manageable disease, that will ensure that you and your dog still having many happy years together. Continue Reading →

My dog has early stage chronic renal disease, now what?

Veterinary medicine is continuously raising the bar when it comes to diagnostic tests and procedures.  Traditionally, by the time a diagnosis of renal disease or kidney failure is made using standard creatinine and urea tests, your dog will have lost at least 75% of their kidney function.  A diagnosis at this stage of renal damage dramatically reduces your dog’s quality of life and their life expectancy.  Continue Reading →

Is my dog’s new weight control diet working?

Surveys have shown that more than half of our canine friends are overweight, and more than half of those are actually obese. Dogs that are overweight are at risk of developing many high risk diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, osteo-arthritis and even cancer.  Being overweight can also aggravate hip dysplasia, cause breathing problems and reduce liver function.  In a nutshell, being overweight or obese not only reduces their quality of life, but can also shorten the life of your dog! Continue Reading →

How to Tell If Your Dog Is Healthy

Getting a pet dog may be the best decision you’ve ever made. Not only will the dog make you happy and improve your life, but it will also keep you company whenever you need it. It will bring you fun moments and lots of laughter. That is why you should return the favor by taking good care of your dog. Dogs may not be able to speak, but you can watch their behavior and body language for any signs of trouble. Here are some sings which will help you tell if your dog is healthy or not:

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Health Risks of Overweight Dogs and How to Resolve Them

Are you taking care of your pet dog? Is he being given the best treatment? Moreover, is your little friend healthy? These are only some questions that need to be answered, and those answers need to be positive in order for your beloved pet dog to have the best life. Continue Reading →