If you’re a regular reader of LFPD, you probably remember how excited I was to share information about a groundbreaking supplement called Myos Canine. The product was introduced in 2018 and has the potential to strengthen weak muscles in dogs with mobility problems. I explained how a clinical trial was being conducted, at the time, to test its effectiveness. Well, it took a little longer than expected, but the study results confirm Myos Canine supplement builds muscles in dogs. And the news couldn’t be more encouraging. [Read more…]
When the Pet Poison Helpline advertised their webinar to discuss facts about using essential oils for dogs and cats, I jumped at the chance to attend. Essential oils for pets are a popular way to holistically treat many ailments and I wanted to get educated. Pet parents ask me about them all the time and until the webinar, I only knew the basics from how they helped my dog Bailey when she was a puppy.
The goal of the seminar wasn’t to encourage or discourage the use of essential oils. It was to be sure pet owners and veterinary professionals understand: how these oils are metabolized in your dog or cat’s body, their potential benefits, which oils pets should stay away from, and emergency procedures if your pet gets into your personal oils.
It was a fascinating webinar taught by Charlotte Flint, DVM, DABT, Director of veterinary services for the Pet Poison Helpline. Here’s what I learned. [Read more…]
It’s hard to resist the sweet face of a French bulldog, English bulldog, Boston terrier, Pug or Boxer. Their adorable flat-head, short-nose and corkscrew tails are the epitome of doggie cuteness. But did you know that from the tip of their nose to the end of their curly tail, each of these breeds is prone to Hemivertebrae, the spine deformity in flat-faced dogs? [Read more…]
Did you know that a bacterial infection can cause a dog to lose the ability to walk? I didn’t know this was possible until I interviewed a pet parent named Julie about the Cocker Spaniel she rescued and how a chronic ear infection caused this dog’s paralysis.
Like many Cocker Spaniels, Bandit was prone to ear infections from the time he was a puppy. He was in and out of the hospital for so many surgeries on his ear canals that ultimately his ear drums had to be removed, leaving the little dog deaf. Julie met Bandit for the first time on the day his previous owner brought him into the veterinary clinic where she works, to be euthanized. Bandit had developed an abscess in the area where his ear canal had been removed and he had suddenly become paralyzed in his hind legs. [Read more…]
This story was updated October 2018.
Pet insurance in the USA has become increasingly popular over the past decade. A study conducted by Embrace Pet Insurance discovered that more than 1 million dogs, cats and other pets are currently covered by one of the leading companies. I am a fan of getting your pets insured because it can make a lifesaving difference if they need expensive emergency care. That said, owners of disabled dogs and cats should take a hard look at their policy. Some of the most popular plans do NOT cover physical therapy, ongoing rehab or alternative care. And other plans only offer limited coverage and time limits. If you aren’t sure whether your pet insurance cover rehabilitation services, it’s time to check. [Read more…]