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Clover saw the board-certified veterinary internal medicine specialist again last Saturday. We rechecked her CBC (complete blood count), and I'm happy to report things continue to improve. I even made a neat chart to explain how things look with her latest canine neutrophil counts. Yay!
The summer Clover turned 2, we saw an increase in fearful episodes. These included things she had NEVER had issue with before, including the agility teeter-totter. That's when we tried the CBD oil to help her feel calmer, but then we had to ditch that when we found out her neutrophils were way low. It is not uncommon for dogs -- especially sensitive herding dogs -- to go through a renewed fear period at that age. Things did seem to improve after she turned 3. She can still be a little freaky about strangers without dogs, especially if they pay too much attention to her, but all in all, she seemed better. Until around Thanksgiving a few weeks ago, and suddenly she started having 1 freakout on most days. Honestly, we're starting to think the answer to the question Can Dogs See Ghosts? is yes!
Cooperative care for dogs is an important and growing topic in the worlds of dog lovers and veterinary medicine. Cooperative care for dogs simply means training dogs (typically using food rewards) to be compliant partners in the care they need. This could be anything from regular dog grooming and dog care tasks such as keeping toenails the proper length to prevent breakage or injury to teaching your dog to maintain certain body positions while being examined or even while getting an x-ray or ultrasound by your veterinary team. One of our canine heroines, Clover, helped me shoot a little video demonstration of what cooperative care means here at Champion of My Heart.
As the holiday season ramps up, it's easy to let busy schedules squeeze out time spent one-on-one with your dog(s). If you're lucky enough to get extended time off for various holidays, long weekends, and such, I encourage you to Take a Dog Holiday for at least 1 of those days off. What's a dog holiday? 5 ideas for you and your pup.
Since Champion of My Heart first published in April 2007, we've done a few redesigns. The most recent one went live today (November 17, 2017). The all new look has more to do with the site working better for users than it does with cosmetic changes. Here's a recap of what's new and why our all new look matters.