black lab lying in grass on his back with tennis ball

GDV: What’s the Big FLIPPING Deal?

Most dog owners are familiar with “bloat,” which is a piece of the GDV (gastric dilatation and volvulus) scenario. Unfortunately, that is not the whole story. A GDV involves gaseous distension of the stomach, which then completely twists over on itself in a 180-degree sideways rotation. This cuts off both the esophagus and intestines so nothing can get in or …

husky dog running through field

Hot Weather Precautions: Heat Stroke & Contact Burns on Paws

During the first few warm weeks of summer, we are all eager to get outside, soak up the sun, and enjoy the warmth. Our dogs are just as eager, however, during these first few weeks of hot weather that I have always seen more heat-related injury in dogs than any other time of year. Even though the rest of the …

working dog jumping into water

Working Dog Anxiety: Itching To Get Back To Work

Retrievers, collies, pointers, springers, shepherds, huskies, sled dogs, and many other breeds of working dogs were bred to do just that: work. Working breeds have accomplished amazing feats throughout history, from a team of sled dogs running 1000 miles on the Iditarod to military working dogs running 12-hour days in a blazing desert to apprehend terrorists or locate IEDs, saving …

dr. paige wallace holding puppy

Parvo: A Real Toilet Paper Emergency

Parvovirus, parvoviral enteritis, parvo, the puppy killer… By any name, parvo causes fatigue, lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea Diarrhea DIARRHEA. Coronavirus has brought the world to its knees with a worldwide 3.4% mortality rate. For the sake of comparison, parvo has up to a 65% mortality rate. As human doctors are experiencing with coronavirus, the only thing to do …