Massage therapy is one of the biggest trends in veterinary medicine, and it is quickly growing in popularity. For most dogs and their humans, dog massage is an incredibly enjoyable experience. Without the proper training, however — and in certain cases where other medical conditions are present — it may be harmful. Is dog massage right for you?

What Dog Massage Can Do

Just like people, dogs sometimes suffer from medical problems such as tendonitis, anxiety, muscle strains, post-surgical trauma and inflammation. Massage therapy is an effective remedy for many of these problems when practiced by a properly trained practitioner.

When administered properly, massage therapy can relieve pain and reduce swelling. It can also improve circulation and range of motion, and encourage damaged tissues to heal. In some cases, massage therapy may be part of a prolonged physical therapy plan, not unlike what a human would do following reconstructive surgery.

The benefits of massage therapy are clear, but the growth in the number of practitioners without adequate medical training is alarming. Only allow a licensed practitioner who has studied intensively to massage your dog. … Read Entire Post


When you’re playing with Fido, and you notice his nails are getting a bit long, it’s time for a trim. Unfortunately, all it takes is one bad experience for your dog to dive under the couch when he sees you approach with the clippers. You may not be able to train your dog to love nail trimming, but you can train him to not mind it — if you approach the task correctly.

Choosing Supplies

There are two kinds of trimmers: the guillotine and scissors. The guillotine features a small hole where you insert the nail, press the handle and clip off the end. Scissors work like regular scissors, but they’re very small and sharp.

Try both and choose the clipper that feels most comfortable for you. Your dog will not have a preference, but he won’t like it if you spend a lot of time fidgeting with the clipper and prolong the exercise as a result. It’s also a good idea to purchase a nail product designed for trimming mistakes that will stop bleeding quickly if you happen to trim a nail too short.… Read Entire Post


When your dog has an anxiety problem, you’ll notice behaviors such as barking and whining, destructiveness and possibly a return to doing his business on your rug instead of in the backyard. Although your vet can treat your dog’s anxiety with medication, you may want an alternative. Pheromones may work for you.

What Are Pheromones?

Pheromones are natural chemicals that aid nonverbal communication between members of a species. Your dog receives these chemical signals in a special organ located between the mouth and nose.

Pheromones cause a variety of responses, and certain pheromones relieve stress and calm the mind of your dog. Dog pheromone products are made with chemicals that mimic these natural stress relievers, and their purpose is to calm anxiety and stop unwanted behaviors. Dog pheromone products are available in a variety of different ways, such as plug-in diffusers, sprays, collars and wipes.

Identifying Anxiety and Its Causes in Your Dog

Several factors influence canine anxiety. Any one of them can result in excessive licking, barking, whining, chewing and excitable behavior that most dog owners dislike. In some cases, canine anxiety results from … Read Entire Post

create a pet safety net

You love your dog; he’s a part of your family. That’s why it can be so difficult to think clearly and rationally when something bad happens to him.

You want to jump in and save him, but do you know what to do?

From what to keep in a first aid kit to doggy CPR, here’s what you need to know to create a pet safety net.

How to Create A Pet Safety Net infographic

What to do when your dog eats something toxic

It’s common knowledge that chocolate can be deadly to dogs, but did you know that onions can be just as deadly? A quarter cup of onion is enough to make a 20-pound dog sick.

In the event that your dog eats either of these potentially fatal foods, you should call your vet immediately. If your vet approves, it may be a good idea to give your dog a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting. However, do not do this without contacting your vet first.

Alternatively, administering a small amount of activated charcoal can also counteract the the harmful food.

However, it’s not just human food products that … Read Entire Post

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