Dog Care Information from an
Award-Winning Canine Health Writer!
Just brought home a new four-legged bundle of joy?
Trying to help your senior dog stay in top shape?
Thinking about taking the plunge into pet parenthood?
Already have a canine companion, and want information to help keep him or her happy and healthy?
If you answered "yes" to any of the above, then you've come to the right place!
As an award-winning canine health writer and author, I know that raising your furry kid is a big responsibility and commitment.
I also know that there is no joy greater than the experience of sharing life with a happy, healthy, bouncing ball of fur who loves you unconditionally. Who else is going to greet you at the door when you come home - tail wagging, just ready to smother you with big, wet kisses?
For all he or she gives to you, your fur-child deserves the very best in return. That's why I give you tons of solidly researched information, advice and tips you can trust on important topics, such as:
....and much more!
You can even Ask a Vet
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This site is inspired by and dedicated with love to my own precious four-legged baby, Chase, who I adopted from our local no-kill animal shelter on January 6, 2002. (Yes, that's us!)
I know that you've had - and will have - many unforgettable moments raising your own furry kid.
You'll probably have plenty of questions along the way, too.
As an award-winning canine health care writer, contributor to many of the top national magazines and monthly health columnist for Dog Fancy magazine, as well as a Reiki Master Teacher and animal activist, I've got plenty of information to share. Dogs are my life, and researching and writing about keeping them healthy and happy is my passion. I hope that you benefit from this information as much as I do every day.
I want to thank everyone who over the past couple of years has submitted their amazing, hilarious and heartwarming photos of their beloved canine companions for our monthly Funniest Fur-Kid Photo Contest. For the near future, I will be postponing this contest due to time constraints. I am excited to announce two new upcoming books that I am certain will help all of you to even better care for your canine companions. The next will be a groundbreaking book on canine nutrition, to be followed by a book on canine and feline diabetes. Because of the time commitments to write these books, as well as the many articles I write on canine health for the major national magazines, I have had to put this contest on hold. Please stay tuned, as I do plan to continue it in the future. Thanks! Diana
- The Happy Dog Blog
- The Happy Dog Blog keeps you up-to-date on how to have a happy, healthy dog - naturally. From dog adoption to caring for your dog, it’s all here! Subscribe now.
- Notes from the Dog: Inspirational Dog Quotes & Notes from The Happy Dog Spot.com
- Notes from the Dog provides inspirational and motivational quotes and notes straight from the mouths of our canine companions. Find it only at The Happy Dog Spot.
- Ask a Vet Your Dog Health Questions: It's Simple, Quick and Affordable
- Do you have a nagging (non-emergency) question about your dog's health? Is he (or she) displaying a symptom you'd like advice about? Just ask a vet online and get a quick and affordable answer....
- Common Dog Illnesses: How to Identify and Treat them
- Identifying dog illnesses is crucial, but not always easy. It is important to know how to monitor your dog's behavior for clues to his health so you can get immediate treatment if something is wrong.
- Dog First Aid Basics: Being Prepared Could Save Your Dog's Life.
- Would you know what to do if your dog faced a medical emergency? If you're not prepared with the proper dog first aid, your dog could lose his life.
- Holistic Treatments for Dogs: Three Cutting-Edge Treatments that Can Help Your D
- These three new holistic treatments for dogs can help your canine companion regain his health and vitality....
- Dog Vaccinations: Are too Many Hurting Your Dog?
- Certain dog vaccinations are necessary for your dog's health. But too many vaccinations, too often, can be a recipe for disaster. Find out if your dog is being over-vaccinated....
- Holistic Healing for Dogs: A Whole Body Approach to Canine Wellness
- Holistic healing for dogs takes a "whole body" approach to canine wellness, rather than just looking at each symptom individually. Learn how your dog can benefit from a holistic approach to wellness..
- Reiki for Dogs: Energy Healing for the Body, Mind and Spirit
- Reiki for dogs is gentle and non-invasive, yet yields powerful results for the body, mind and spirit. Learn more about how your canine companion can benefit from Reiki....
- Canine Homeopathy v. Conventional Medicine: Get the Facts
- Canine homeopathy is system of treatment that falls under the umbrella of holistic healthcare. Homeopathy treats the underlying disease, not just the symptoms. Read more about this natural treatment.
- Natural Flea Repellents: Stop Poisoning Your Pets with Toxic Flea Products
- If you're using toxic chemical flea and tick products, you could be poisoning your pet. Fortunately, there are natural flea repellents that are safe and effective....
- Senior Dog Health
- Senior Dog Health: Learn the ins and outs of geriatric dog care.
- New Born Puppy Care: A Health Care Guide for Your Puppy's First Year
- New born puppy care can be scary. Read on to learn everything you need to know to keep your puppy healthy in his first year....
- Dog Food Safety: You Won't Believe What's in Your Dog's Food
- Dog food safety is a very serious subject. Unfortunately, you cannot trust your dog's nutrition to the commercial pet food industry. Read the shocking truth about what's in your dog's food.
- Common Toxic Foods for Dogs: Knowing them can Save Your Dog's Life
- Many foods we enjoy are toxic foods for dogs. Find out which foods are poisonous for your canine companion....
- Raw Diet for Dogs: Demystifying the Raw Food Diet
- A raw diet for dogs has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Read on to find out if it's right for your furry friend....
- Raw Frozen Dog Food
- raw frozen dog food
- Common Dog Toxins: Knowing Them Can Save Your Dog's Life
- Dog toxins are everywhere. Some are obvious, but many are not. Many, such as common foods we eat, look innocent enough, but they can be deadly to your dog....
- Dog Names: Tips to Choose the Perfect Name for Your Pooch
- Choosing the right name for your dog is important, as you'll both have to live with it for many years to come. For help choosing dog names, check out the tips in this article....
- Adopt a Dog: How to Find Your Best Friend and Save a Life!
- Adopt a dog and save a life. Millions of animals are put to death each year because they don't have a home. Here are tips on choosing your perfect shelter pet....
- Dog Adoption Websites: Your New Best Friend is Just a Click Away
- About 2 million dogs end up at shelters every year, in desperate need of a home. For more information on how you can give a shelter dog a second chance, check out these dog adoption websites....
- The Best Dog Toys: Tips to Choose the Best Toys for Your Dog
- Dogs love their toys! The best dog toys meet your dogs mental, emotional and physical needs. Here are the keys to choosing the safest, most entertaining toys for your furry friend....
- Free Online Dog Clothes Patterns
- Do you love to knit or crochet and are looking for some great free online dog clothes patterns? Click here for tons of great patterns -- all for free!
- Harley Davidson Dog Clothes
- Dress your dog in hog style! Check out these resources for Harley Davidson dog clothes.
- Dog Lover T-shirts: Hip Tie-Died T-shirts, Camis & More
- If you love dogs and want to look cute and hip, check out these cool dog lover t-shirts from Shirley and Me....
- Dog Communication: Do You Know How to Speak Dog?
- Learning the basics of dog communication is very important. By understanding what our dogs are "saying" to us, we can deepen our bond with them - and avoid misunderstanding.
- Traveling with a Dog: How to Make it Safe and Fun for Everyone
- Traveling with a dog can be a lot of fun, and a great bonding experience. But to ensure your pet's safety takes preparation and planning. Read on for tips to make Fido's trip safe and enjoyable....
- Dogs and Kids: Tips to Create Harmony and Avoid Tragedy
- Dogs and kids can be a wonderful combination, or they can be a tragedy waiting to happen. Learn how to create a safe, harmonious living environment for your children and your dogs....
- Careers with Dogs: Love Dogs? Find out About Rewarding Careers with Canines.
- Now more than ever, a whole host of interesting and rewarding careers with dogs are available. Many of these even offer flexible and even distance education training. Read on for more information.
- Hemopet Animal Blood Bank: Rescued Greyhounds Give Blood to Save Other Dogs
- Hemopet, which was established in 1991 by Dr. W. Jean Dodds, is the first private, not-for-profit animal blood bank. Learn more about Hemopet's unique rescue-donor-adoption program....
- Pet Horoscopes: Find Out What's in Store for Your Pet in 2009!
- Pet horoscopes can be a fun way to gain a little insight into your pet's behavior. Could it be that Fido is guided by the cosmos? Click here to find out your pet's horoscope....
- Helpful Dog Links to Help Make Sure Your Dog is a Happy Dog!
- These helpful dog links will help you find useful sources on the Web to help make sure your canine companion is a healthy, happy dog!
- About Me and the Dog who Rescued Me
- This About Me page will tell you how I became so passionate about dogs, and am dedicating my life to making sure that as many as possible are happy and healthy.
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- August 2011 Dog Photo Contest: Enter Your Canine Comedian to Win a Great Prize!
- Is your dog a canine comedian? Then enter our August 2011 dog photo contest for the chance to win Funniest Fur-Kid of the month. Your dog will win a spot on our home page and a great prize!
- October 2010 Dog Photo Contest: Enter Your Pooch to Win a Great Prize!
- Is your dog a canine comedian? Then enter our October 2010 dog photo contest for the chance to win Funniest Fur-Kid of the month. Your dog will win a spot on our home page and a great prize!
- September 2010 Dog Photo Contest: Enter Your Pooch to Win a Great Prize!
- Is your dog a canine comedian? Then enter our September 2010 dog photo contest for the chance to win Funniest Fur-Kid of the month. Your dog will win a spot on our home page and a great prize!
- August 2010 Dog Photo Contest: Enter Your Pooch to Win a Great Prize
- Is your dog a canine comedian? Then enter our August 2010 dog photo contest for the chance to win Funniest Fur-Kid of the month. Your dog will win a spot on our home page and a great prize!
- July 2010 Dog Photo Contest: Enter Your Pooch to Win a Great Prize
- Is your dog a canine comedian? Then enter our July 2010 dog photo contest for the chance to win Funniest Fur-Kid of the month. Your dog will win a spot on our home page and a great prize!
- October 2009 Dog Photo Contest: Enter Your Pooch to Win a Great Prize!
- Is your dog a canine comedian? Then enter our October 2009 dog photo contest for the chance to win Funniest Fur-Kid of the month. Your dog will win a spot on our home page and a great prize!
- Newborn Puppy Care Guide: A Health Care Timeline for Your Puppy's First Year
- New born puppy care can be scary. Follow this newborn puppy care guide to keep your puppy healthy throughout his first year....
- November 2011 Dog Photo Contest: Enter Your Dog to Win a Great Prize!
- Is your dog a canine comedian? Then enter our November 2011 dog photo contest for the chance to win Funniest Fur-Kid of the month. Your dog will win a spot on our home page and a great prize!
THE CANINE THYROID EPIDEMIC RECEIVES TWO PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS!
I am so happy to announce that The Canine Thyroid Epidemic: Answers You Need for Your Dog
received two prestigious awards! The book won the Best Care/Health Book of 2011 from the Dog Writers Association of America, as well as the Eukanuba Canine Health Award!
Untold numbers of dogs endure a variety of hard-to-diagnose symptoms ranging from obesity to sudden onset seizure disorder to unprovoked aggression, hyperactivity and phobias. Unfortunately, many in the veterinary community don't know how to accurately recognize the signs of canine hypothyroidism, how to test for it or how to treat it.
Make sure that your canine companion isn't a victim of this debilitating - but easily treatable - disorder. Get The Canine Thyroid Epidemic by W. Jean Dodds, DVM and Diana Laverdure today!