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End of life decisions are a fact of life

In the September issue of NZ Dog World, I discuss the emotional topic of saying goodbye to your dog. As hard as it is to do, when a dog is reaching its end of life, owners should discuss plans for euthanasia with their veterinarian and also decide how they wish to deal with their dog's remains.

The purpose of a dog

This story is found on the internet in a number of places and it seems to be something of an urban myth. But the sentiment is accurate and I thought I would share it on my blog.

Big Dogs Face More Joint Problems if Neutered Early

Heavier mixed-breed dogs have higher health risks if neutered or spayed early, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis. The study found mixed-breed dogs weighing more than 44 pounds as adults are at higher risk for one or more joint disorders if neutered before 1 year of age.

Study finds parasites common in dog parks

Researchers at the Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary medicine have found that more than one-fifth of dogs at dog parks in the USA were shedding parasites. Wherever animals are found in large numbers, the risk of parasitic infection will be higher.

Fighting like cats and dogs?

Animal behaviour scientists from the University of Lincoln, UK, have discovered that filling your home with appeasing pheromones could be the key to a happy household where both dogs and cats are living under the same roof.

Keeping dogs warm

In the August edition of NZ Dog World, I've written about how our dogs feel the cold and ways to keep them warm. Winter's not over yet!

Modern sledge dogs

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have looked into the evolution and DNA of sledge dogs in the Arctic. Their history goes back an estimated 9,500 years!

Understanding one another

In my latest blog, I talk about the benefits of developing a good understanding of your dog's verbal and non-verbal communication. There are videos of Izzy, too.

Doggy quote of the month for August

“When your children are teenagers, it’s important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.”

– Nora Ephron

I wish we’d known about you sooner

In this post, I talk about health care rather than sick care for dogs. I sometimes am asked to work with dogs only when they are palliative care cases; but my real passion is supporting dogs for lifelong wellness and working with them on the journey of ageing.

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Doggy Mom
The blog about everything dog

I've been blogging since 2010 about a range of dog issues. I particularly like sharing the latest research news and I always share a Doggy Quote of the Month