The pets behind DOGthusiast.com have had their share of ailments and visits to the vet. In just the past several years, we had a dog fall ill to AIHA/IMHA (auto-immune hemolytic anemia), hit a car, suffer an esophageal obstruction, suffer from chronic IBD, have a mast cell tumor diagnosis, and have a bone puncture the small intestine causing a life-threatening case of … [Read more...] about Why our pets receive regular veterinarian check-ups and care
If you have a highly active dog, the idea of putting him or her in a crate might be considered a bad idea. How can all that energy be contained in such a small space? Is crate training an active dog a good idea? Won't my dog go crazy? Should I really crate train such an active dog? There are many reasons you should consider crate training your puppy or older dog. Not only can … [Read more...] about Crate training and your active dog: Training Tips Tuesday
What are the best larger dog breeds that are ok for apartments, if they'll get daily walks/exercise? I love dogs, but I'm not a fan of little dogs. I had a 100lb lab growing up and for me, I'd want a dog between 60-100lbs. Issue is I'll be living in an apartment, but will get a dog walker for while I'm at work and will take him for a run after I get home 3 times a week. Plus … [Read more...] about What are the best larger dog breeds that are OK for apartments, if they’ll get daily walks and exercise?
Many dogs have a brush with bowel obstructions, which sometimes lead to perforated bowel and peritonitis, which is when the contents of the intestine leak into the abdomen due to the perforation. This is often caused by trying to eat something inedible, like a toy, a collar, or string. For us, this just happened because of a fragment of a raw bone - something not nearly as … [Read more...] about A raw bone caused a perforated bowel and peritonitis in our dog: The symptoms and outcome
Awhile ago, study results were released proving that dogs like interactive toys best. This study probably doesn't highlight anything that should surprise you. Dogs like to interact with some toys, whether or not a human is involved. A toy that a dog cannot interact with with is boring. That same toy becomes interesting if a human gets involved. Yes, this is probably common … [Read more...] about Interactive dog toys: Dogs love them, but toys still best when thrown by human