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Pet Insurance 101: The Best Plans for You

Frenchie Exam Table
If you have a dog who frequents the vet, it’s likely the office visit fees have burned a hole in your wallet. While caring for your dog is extremely important, oftentimes we’re left wondering if it’s possible for these vet visits to be any cheaper. Not taking your dog to the vet isn’t an option most of the time, so what else can be done to help curb these expenses? One way to reduce the costs of vet visits is to invest in a pet insurance plan. While insuring your dog may sound a little crazy, it pretty much works the same way as any other insurance. Navigating any type of insurance plan isn’t...

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction in Dogs Part 2

Brown Chihuahua under blanket
In part two of this blog series, we’ll provide a follow up to the overview of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), including prognosis, treatment and management of and management tips. For more information on symptoms and diagnosis, read Part 1 of our CCD blog series. This information was provided by Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice as part of their educational pet disease series and has been republished with permission. As a reminder, Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) is a medical condition that is characterized by the changes associated with the aging process of the brain that result in a...

Canine Cognitive Dysfunction in Dogs Part 1

Boxer dog with grey face
In part one of this blog series, we’ll provide an overview of Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD), including definition, symptoms, diagnosis and prognosis. This information was provided by Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice as part of their educational pet disease series and has been republished with permission. What Is It? Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD) is a medical condition that is characterized by the changes associated with the aging process of the brain that result in a decline of canine mental faculties associated with spatial orientation (where the dog is in space), facial recognition...

The 411 on Nutrition

Dog getting a treat
Dr. Kipp Chapman, DVM, of Philadelphia Animal Hospital has been in veterinary practice and surgery for 20 years. We spoke with Dr. Chapman to get the 411 on questions veterinarians get asked most regarding nutrition. When it comes to keeping your pet healthy, one of the questions veterinarians get asked most is, “What should I feed my dog?”

Seasonal Changes and Your Senior Dog

Dog in snow
As we roll into autumn, many humans experience some sort of mood shift due to plunging temperatures and pushing back the clocks. It’s the time of year with shorter days, colder temperatures and sometimes bouts of the winter blues. Sluggishness, or just a desire to do nothing and hunker down indoors, is known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). No one knows for sure, but the same moodiness may affect your pet since we share much of the same chemistry in our brains. When darkness increases, the brain produces less serotonin (the happy chemical) and more melatonin (the sleep maker), so it is...

Second-Hand Smoke Around Pets

Woman on beach smoking by dog
If you’re a smoker, you’ve probably considered the effect that your habit has on your family and loved ones. However, you may never have thought about the effect that second-hand smoke may have on your pets. Yet, if you live with cats, dogs or other animals inside your home, you could find that the smoke that your furry friends are breathing in could be causing them problems.

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