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Award-Winning Canine Health Writer!

Weigh in on Your Pet's Nutrition! I need your help for a VERY important project. I'd love to know your opinions on pet nutrition, find out what you feed your pet and the sources of nutrition information that you turn to when purchasing your pet's food. Please click this link for the anonymous survey: Take the Survey. As more of us become aware of the importance of nutrition to pet health, this survey will provide important information on what is most important to you and your pet companion peers. Thank you for your support!


Just brought home a new four-legged bundle of joy?

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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 your non-emergency medical questions for much less than the price of an office visit!

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!)

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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.

Warm wishes,







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


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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!