I’m Not a Veterinarian, But About Your Dog’s Torn ACL…

I’m Not a Veterinarian, But About Your Dog’s Torn ACL… People often write to me with medical questions and issues, which makes me sorry that they have not found a local veterinarian they can trust. I always remind people that I am NOT a vet and that any advice I give is not intended as […]

Hot Dogs in Hot Cars in Hot Summer — DON’T DO IT!

Hot Dogs in Hot Cars in Hot Summer — DON’T DO IT! A Good Samaritan tried to save two dogs who were locked in a boiling hot car — with the windows up (which in any case makes no difference to the internal temperature of the car anyway, as you will see if you read […]

5 Things to Know About NY Dog Flu Epidemic

5 Things Everyone Needs to Know about the Current Dog Flu Epidemic in New York Over 500 cases of a new strain of dog flu have been reported across the United States, with the New York area hard hit. 91 cases of dog flu have been reported in Brooklyn as of June 5th, along with […]

Does Your Dog Get Car Sick?

Does Your Dog Get Car Sick? Car travel is one of the great joys of life for many dogs, while for others it is a small nightmare because they get nervous and queasy in the car. Sometimes dogs get nervous precisely because they get nauseated, which can even lead to vomiting in the car, further […]

How to Protect Paws on Icy Sidewalks

How To Protect Paws on Icy Sidewalks With an extended cold wave across the Northeast and other parts of the country, dogs have their own particular challenges when going outside. A recent New York Times article on the subject called “Don’t Make Me Go Out There” with some fun photos — described how city dogs […]

Pork Bone treats are no treat for Pups

Pork Bone treats are no treat for Pups The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning on “bone treats” for dogs, having recently received more than 70 reports of illnesses in dogs who ingested the “bone treats” derived from pigs. “A variety of commercially-available bone treats for dogs — including treats described as […]

Dryer Sheets Keep Away Nasty Flying Insects!

Dryer Sheets Keep Away Nasty Flying Insects! Summer bug problems? I nearly forgot about this low-tech simple solution really works to keep away the nasty little biting, flying insects that swarm around me and my dogs when we go on summer walks in the middle of summer. My girls Maisie and Wanda — who run […]

Is a Dog Being Allergic to Chicken Really a “Thing”?

Is a Dog Being Allergic to Chicken Really a “Thing”? Is it truly possible that a dog can be “allergic” to chicken? This seems to be a popular belief as the cause for a dog to have itchy skin, hot spots, or waxy, infected ears. From chicken?! Really?! I mean have you ever heard of […]

Forbidden Foods for Dogs — Or Not?

Forbidden Foods for Dogs — Or Not? LinkAKC recently asked me to do an online Q & A interview — but they weren’t really able to fully use my answers. So I thought I’d give you the unredacted version! 1. Is it OK to give your dog beer occasionally?I’ve had a dog or two in […]

Sponky the Yorkie is Itchy

Sponky the Yorkie is Itchy Gloria, sent me an email asking for my advice because Sponky, her 11-year-old Yorkie, is itchy. Very itchy! Skin problems are common and the No. 1 reason that people take their pets to the vet. Unfortunately, this is often a poorly managed problem when the dog or cat is put […]