Routine preventative care is so much more boring than the excitement of emergency care or the challenge of treating serious disease. Boring is my favorite thing ever.
Feeding your dogs well will enhance and extend their lives more than almost any other thing I can imagine.
Most of the toxins that are bad for us are the same ones that are bad for our dogs, but there are some weird ones that you would not automatically know, like onions and naproxen and the xylitol in sugar-free gum.
Dogs will not always stop playing when they are tired. They will not always come out of the heat or the cold. They do not know how to safely cross the street or balance in the back of a pickup truck. They need us to protect them.
Most dogs should not be bred, or even intact.
Vaccines protect our dogs from horrible, sometimes fatal, diseases. They should be neither under- nor overused. Each dog’s vaccination schedule should be tailored to his or her individual situation.
Every dog and every puppy is amazing and unique and beautiful.
The only serious downside to dogs is that their life spans are so much shorter than ours.
Preventative dental care, including regular dental cleaning under anesthesia as needed, will spare your dog all sorts of pain.
Many of the signs that we tend to attribute to aging are actually specific, treatable conditions.
Puppy mills are the scourge of the dog world.
I’d like to offer a warm welcome to Dr. Finch and thank her for joining us – I’ve been a long time fan, and our readers will enjoy regular features and a planned future Q&A. You’ll find a blurb about her in the author info box below, but I’ve asked her to offer an intro snippet to help you get to know her better. -NB