Author Archives: Rachel Velarde

Allergic to Your Dog? Ways to Help…

15 to 20% of Americans have some sort of allergic reaction to dogs. Despite the prevalence of dog-related asthma, sneezing, itchy skin and hives, nearly half of US households have at least one pup. Pet lovers are clearly willing to endure their symptoms in order to enjoy the many benefits of sharing their lives with dogs. Luckily, there…

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How to Diagnose & Treat Joint Pain in Dogs

Just the thought our dogs suffering silently from hidden pain breaks the heart of any dog parent. Sadly, research shows that 4 out of 5 dogs over the age of 8 are suffering from some kind of joint pain. And while we humans have the ability to reach for pain meds and talk to our doctor about symptoms,…

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Smile! It’s Pet Dental Health Month

Oral Health: Not Just For Humans February is National Pet Dental Health month, and when your beloved pup is due for their oral health exam, there are usually always warning signs alerting you. From smelly breath, to lost teeth or even changes in their eating and chewing habits, you will know it is time to…

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2021 Resolutions for You & Your Dog

2020 is finally over (woo hoo)! and so, you’ve set the standards high and made a plan for your New Year resolution. Health, wealth and happiness, of course?! But have you considered your furry friends in your 2021 plans as well? Here are a few tips that will help you AND your beloved pet enjoy all this…

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Water Healing: Canine Hydrotherapy

How Hydrotherapy Helps Canine hydrotherapy is a beneficial treatment modality for dogs recovering from many orthopedic injuries, as well as degenerative conditions like arthritis, because allows dogs to move while bearing little or no weight on an injured limb. A less commonly considered benefit of the treatment is increased self-confidence for a dog who is…

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How to Keep Your Pets Safe During the Holidays

Typically, the holiday season is the time of year we gather the most with family and friends and sometimes, our fur friends accompany us in the festivities. We all want to have fun and be merry, but we also want everyone safe including our pets. Nothing can spoil holiday cheer like an emergency visit to…

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Hydrotherapy for Osteoarthritis (DJD) in Dogs

Osteoarthritis is a common problem in dogs, particularly in seniors and large breeds. Although there is no cure for this progressive condition, identifying the problem early and initiating appropriate management can help keep your dog active and improve quality of life. What is Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis, also referred to as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), is a…

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SI Joint Dysfunction in Dogs

What is Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction? Sacroiliac Dysfunction is a term that we use to describe pain in or around the region of a sacroiliac joint (SIJ). Sometimes SI joint dysfunction can be the primary problem for a dog, and sometimes other injuries (cruciate ligament sprain or tear, back strain, Achilles tendon injury, etc.) can result in…

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November is “Adopt a Senior Dog Month”

“Blessed is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.” November is here which means it is time to celebrate Adopt A Senior Dog Month. Senior dogs tend to be overlooked in shelters or rescues due to their age and leisurely temperament. Most people when looking to adopt, tend to search or keep…

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Pets & Our Mental Health

Leo & Lola Never in a million years did I believe I would rely on my dogs the way I do now. Getting a dog for me was and always will be fun, exciting & memorable. But, the bond I have formed with Leo and Lola and the emotional dependency I have with them, is…

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