Your dog looks stiff and is having issues getting around and going for regular walks. They may have a diagnosis of osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, a form of arthritis that worsens overtime. You’re advised to do less activity with them and that they may need some medication to manage the pain.
If you are anything like myself and the millions of pet parents out there, your dogs are active family members. We take them hiking, swimming, running, and to the beach. Maybe you have an athlete or working dog in which case the expectations of activity and performance are even higher. So let’s talk about how to help them stay active family members.Continue reading “Overload vs Overtraining: The difference between fitness & injury”
I was honoured to have the opportunity to collaborate with Dr. Karen Shaw Becker , a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, on the below article on keeping senior dogs strong and mobile
A diagnosis of degenerative myelopathy (DM) can be devastating to a pet parent. I can say that as a pet parent who has lived through it. To find out that your dog has a progressive neurological condition that will eventually lead to paralysis, may leave you feeling raw, lost, angry…. And it’s often hard to grasp the disease progression because your dog is usually doing very well when symptoms are first noticed. If you have gone through this experience, you may have experienced an onslaught of questions running through your mind. Is it going to hurt, how long does my dog have, can I do anything to slow it down….? And the list goes on. Continue reading “Daily “Physiotherapy” Increases Life Span of Dogs with Degenerative Myelopathy”
Heatstroke can result in lose of consciousness, fever, organ failure and even death!
I’m not sure where you may be reading this from, but here in Nova Scotia, Canada, we have had a wet spring. Finally, things are starting to heat up! The following months should be filled with lazy summer afternoons, beach days, and sunny dogs walks. You may be tempted to take your pooch out with you for a run in the sun or to hang on the beach but do you know that your dog is actually more heat sensitive than you putting them at risk of heat exhaustion? Continue reading “Is your dog deadly hot?!?”