Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs in Tucson, Arizona

Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs in Tucson, Arizona

Living in the Sonoran Desert with active dogs means being prepared to deal with desert dangers. While there are numerous forms of threatening wildlife here, the rattlesnake is one predator whose bite can be painful, costly, and even deadly. Rattlesnake avoidance training helps your dog gain a critical skillset to potentially protect himself and you.

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Book Review: Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy by Rachele Baker, DVM

Book Review: Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy by Rachele Baker, DVM

Meet Rachele Baker, DVM, and her Golden Retriever Savannah! Dr. Baker’s book Dog Health Care: 7 Simple Ways to Keep Your Dog Healthy gets my recommendation as a practical and accessible guide for any pet parent who’s looking to help their best friend live a healthier life. And who doesn’t want their dog to be their healthiest self?

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Treating atypical Addison's Disease in Our Dog

Treating atypical Addison's Disease in Our Dog

Once our smiling dog Bernie McSquare was diagnosed with atypical Addison's Disease, we sat down with our vet and put together a treatment plan. Within the first few months, we made a few small adjustments, but overall, the treatment plan has remained pretty consistent.

Most days Bernie is a happy boy who loves life. He looks forward to our daily walks and slightly longer weekend adventures. Attending different obedience classes keeps him mentally sharp. Playing with his pals at doggie daycare and his little sister Lizzie keeps him spry.

When he experiences stress, though, our Doodle's atypical Addison's Disease may flare up. We have to be ready.

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Communicating More Effectively With Your Veterinarian

Communicating More Effectively With Your Veterinarian

When your pet is sick, you want to give your vet the most accurate picture possible for the current illness. Sometimes the information you're passing on will be direct and easy-to-recall. Other times, you may struggle with remembering symptoms that have gradually progressed over several days.

When Bernie was diagnosed with atypical Addison's Disease, Matthew and I decided that we needed a system in place to accurately chart his daily life. We knew that he could display subtle symptoms that we might not catch right away.

If you have a pet with a chronic illness, you may find our system useful. If your normally healthy and happy pet seems down or off, then using this system short-term may also work for you.

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