dog book for kids review - Maya & Watters #1 - I have to scoop what by WT Kosmos

Don’t you love the idea of kids learning about dogs through reading? WT Kosmos asked me for a dog book for kids review for the first book in a planned series. It’s called Maya & Waggers – I have to scoop what? (ha ha) The truth is that I had a few issues with some things in the chapter book for kids ages 8 and up. Let’s clap for Kosmos who took my feedback and made revisions so that kids learn accurate (and safe) info about dogs and dog training, including how to teach sit and the dangers of dogs running loose. Yay! Let’s take a look at the book’s premise.

Read More
high alp in dogs main graphic

Wading through a huge stack of veterinary studies about CBD for dogs, it’s clear that long-term use of CBD often causes high ALP in dogs. ALP is the abbreviation for alkaline phosphatase. It’s typically used as a routine bloodwork measurement of liver function. Of course, it’s all more complicated than that. It turns out that several things (other than liver problems) can cause high ALP in dogs too.

Read More
pet microchip scanner main graphic - an illustration of some books on a shelf with text below that says pet microchip scanner for neighborhoods

RED ALERT!?! Started out trying to show how the typical pet microchip usage works. Fell down a rabbit hole of failed systems and inaccurate information. Definitely, double-check all your pets’ microchip registries. Apparently, some of them have combined, and the data (ours at least) got jumbled.

Saw this article about a veterinary hospital in Arkansas that set up a pet microchip scanner station outside its facility so that community members can scan lost / found pets themselves for pet ID microchips. Genius really, so now I really want to set up one for our rural neighborhood — kind of like a free little library — if I can find an affordable professional grade microchip reader. Let’s talk about how all that might work and how best to scan pets you find.

Read More

If you allow your dog(s) and/or cat(s) to sleep in your bed, then you probably know the struggle of a build-up of hair and dander on your bedding — even with weekly washing. That’s the problem Furify bed sheets for pet lovers addresses by using bamboo textiles. We’ve had them on our bed for several weeks now. Here’s what I think.

Read More
2024 veterinary consolidation update

Here’s my 2024 veterinary consolidation update as I continue to worry about the kind of veterinary care options available to people like us in the future. The veterinary magazine article I wrote won’t publish until June 2024, but I want to share some relevant info with you from my research for that piece. Despite some stats that make my stomach hurt, industry experts I interviewed promise me that it’s going to be OK. Let’s look at what I learned and how experts answer questions about things like private equity’s role in veterinary medicine.

Read More
brains of anxious dogs main graphic

As much as I value, appreciate, and regularly use personal development and cognitive skills to work my way out of destructive feelings in daily life, I also understand that some of us — including dogs — end up hardwired to feel things like anxiety. A study published in March 2023 looked at the rs-fMRI (resting state functional MRI) differences between the brains of anxious dogs and other dogs. Maybe it’ll help you feel better about some of your own worries too.

Read More
antibiotics and dog bites to other dogs main graphic - cropped

The decision to prescribe antibiotics gets weighed more carefully now than in the past because of the increase in meds-resistant infections. When it comes to antibiotics and dog bites to other dogs, veterinarians sometimes do NOT prescribe antibiotics if the dog bite wounds get clipped cleaned promptly by the veterinary team. If signs of infection develop, then sure, you can get some antibiotics for your dog. However, this 10-year retrospective study out of Australia generated some interesting results about how antibiotics and dog bites get paired up, including sometimes under-dosing.

Read More
the problem with dog attack statistics main graphic

As we approach the anniversary of the dog attack defendant taking a plea deal in the case of the 2 loose dogs attacking me and Mr. Stix (from behind, without warning) in November 2021, I saw some new dog attack statistics I wanted to share. The numbers are interesting, but they also are misleading. Let me explain why.

Read More
teaching dogs to be careful around crutches main graphic

I wish I didn’t need to think about training dogs to be careful around crutches, but real life does its thing. I went through our dogs’ repertoire of behaviors and found some that prove helpful to me since I have many weeks / months ahead of me on crutches. Here are some prior dog behaviors that pay off if / when you get hurt. Cute videos, including one of a tiny Clover learning “go to place.” Don’t miss it!

Read More
frail dogs main graphic with list of frailty factors

With my recent fall, hospitalization, and orthopedic trauma surgery, I found myself both annoyed and amused at how the human medical staff often treated me like a VERY old lady. They even sent a social worker to ask me about my normal life, before the injury, such as if I could do things like bathe and dress myself, cook and feed myself, etc. Giggle-snort. I mean, yes, I’m kinda old, but I’m not THAT old. So this work from the Dog Aging Project at Texas A&M University to find ways to identify frail dogs caught my attention since chronological age alone isn’t an effective enough predictor in assessing the health and potential risks as our dogs age. Based on frailty scales created in human medicine, these veterinary researchers promote similar strategies for our dogs. I also wax a little thoughtful on the idea of life-space.

Read More